NJ GOP Senate Candidate Was There Before

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) -

A day after winning New Jersey’s Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat, Jeff Bell faces the daunting task of running against a former Rhodes scholar with a national following and powerful fundraising skills.

It’s a spot where Bell has been before — 36 years ago.

This time, Bell, 70, is running against Democrat Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark who won the Senate seat in a special election last year. In 1978, Bell narrowly upset four-term incumbent Clifford Case in the Republican primary before losing the general election to Bill Bradley, a former basketball player who would later run for president.

New Jersey has not elected a Republican U.S. senator since Case’s last victory in 1972. But Bell believes the state is ripe for a change and that his policy priorities of returning the nation to a dollar backed by gold and ending the Federal Reserve’s zero-interest rate is the message.

He said that once people grasp it, they often agree with him that monetary decisions are to blame for the state of the economy.