GOP New Jersey Senate candidate charged with DUI, leaving scene of accident in 2020.

WEST NEWJERSLEY, NJ  – On Wednesday, police records revealed that in August of 2020, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey was taken into custody and accused of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and evading responsibility following an accident.

Details from the police report were published by Politico New Jersey. While driving his pickup in Hopewell, Alex Zdan—a former TV news reporter who ran for the seat held by the indicted Democratic Senator Bob Menendez—crossed the center lane and swung around another vehicle, damaging a mirror and the driver's side of it.

The police report states that Zdan departed from the scene and was later discovered parked in the lot of a convenience store. After he failed field sobriety tests and subsequently blew a 0.25 on a breathalyzer, which is more than three times the legal limit, officers found that he was engaged in the accident.

Upon being queried about any potential accidents, he reportedly responded, "I don't think so," as reported in the report. On Wednesday, Zdan committed to openness for both himself and his opponents in a text message.

My deepest apologies for the callousness and violation of law that I exhibited four years ago. That was the first and final occasion, he declared. He was taken into custody, and Zdan said that he was quickly released on his own recognizance. His story went something like this: he admitted guilt, paid the fines, and fulfilled all the requirements of his plea deal.

Everyone has their flaws, but that doesn't mean they're immune to the law. "I have strived to better myself daily and have learned from my mistakes," he told the Globe. Zdan is vying for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate this year, with Mendham Borough Mayor Christine Serrano Glassner and southern New Jersey businessman Curtis Bashaw.

Despite pleading not guilty to federal corruption charges, Menendez has been mum on whether he plans to run again. Members of the Republican Party,

including those from Monmouth and Passaic counties, have endorsed Zdan. It wasn't until 1972 that New Jersey had its last Republican senator.

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