In the event that state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) runs for governor, she could leave behind a dogfight for her Senate seat.
Buono will declare in the coming weeks which she wants to pursue: governor or senator.
Sources say she’s likely to run for governor against incumbent Gov. Chris Christie, opening up the potential for at least three candidates to jockey to succeed her.
At the top of the establishment food chain in that regard stands Assemblyman Pat Diegnan (D-18) of South Plainfield, who’s more senior than his and Buono’s running mate, Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-18).
A public sector attorney with solid connections in Trenton, Diegnan has the edge in some Middlesex circles but remember, the county is divided.
Another name that could emerge as a Senate hopeful is Freeholder James Polos of Highland Park, who just won re-election.
Polos has already shown a willingness to challenge the sitting leadership structure of the party. He ran against Millie Scott to succeed Joe Spicuzzo as county sheriff and distinguished himself in the narrow loss, according to Middlesex party sources.
Then there’s former Edison Mayor Jun Choi, who wants to be a U.S. Congressman but still radiates a political animal vibe and occupies a solid regional position from which to make a run.
Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.Read More >
Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...
By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >
"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop- PolitickerNJ.com
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