Assemblyman Peter Barnes III (D-18) will have the bulk of establishment support from the Middlesex County Democratic Committee in a bid for the 18th District state Senate seat currently occupied by state Sen. Barbara Buono.
According to three sources, Barnes will run for the seat this year.
Buono is opting not to run for re-election in 2013 as she pursues a run for governor. So far, she is the only declared gubernatorial candidate among Democratic Party elected officials.
An attorney from Edison, Barnes first took office in 2007, filling the unexpired term of his father, Peter Barnes II. He serves as chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
A retired FBI man, the elder Barnes assumed the chairmanship of the county committee following the implosion of Joe Spicuzzo, booked on charges of trading jobs for cash payments.
Chairman Barnes is on record in support of Buono for governor.
Prior to his time in the Legislature, the younger Barnes served on the Edison Municipal Council for 11 years.
The source told PolitickerNJ.com that leadership within the party organization fears a repeat of past attacks on Assemblyman Pat Diegnan (D-18), Barnes’s district-mate, were he the state Senate candidate.
A source told PolitickerNJ.com that Diegnan won’t challenge Barnes in a Democratic Primary.
The Asbury Park Press last night mopped up after NBC anchor Brian Williams overreached when he said the feds had cleared Gov. Chris Christie of wrongdoing in a federal investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.Read More >
NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...
By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor. Not only is there no current legal... Read More >
“The fact is that they’ve been digging around for eight months now and have found absolutely nothing. Wrap up your work. Do your job." - Gov. Chris Christie- PolitickerNJ
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.