In 2020, New Jersey GOP Senate candidate faced DUI, fleeing scene of accident charges.

Trenton— According to police files released Wednesday, a New Jersey Republican Senate candidate was arrested in August 2020 for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to police reports published by Politico New Jersey, Alex Zdan, a former TV news reporter who ran for the seat held by indicted Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, was driving his pickup in Hopewell when he crossed the center lane and hit another vehicle, damaging a mirror and the driver's side.

Zdan left the scene and was found parked in a convenience store lot, authorities said. Officers found him in the crash, and he failed field sobriety tests and blew a 0.25 breathalyzer, three twice the legal limit.

The report states that he answered an officer, “I don’t think so,” when asked if he was in an accident. Zdan texted Wednesday that he and his opponents will be transparent. “I regret my four-year-old disregard for others and the law. The first and final time, he said.

He was arrested and freed on his own recognizance, Zdan said. He said he pleaded guilty, paid fines, and fulfilled his deal with authorities. Nobody is flawless, but no one is above the law. I learn from my mistakes and try to better every day, he told the Globe.

Zdan is running for the GOP Senate nomination against Mendham Borough Mayor Christine Serrano Glassner and southern New Jersey businessman Curtis Bashaw

After pleading not guilty to federal corruption allegations, Menendez has not announced his reelection.

Republican Party officials in Passaic and Monmouth counties endorsed Zdan. New Jersey last elected a Republican senator in 1972.

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