Bramnick won't run for U.S. Senate seat this year
By Max Pizarro | June 6th, 2013 - 8:51am
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As the state anticipates an announcement by Gov. Chris Christie of a placeholder to fill the seat of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) took himself out of the mix this morning.

“I would love to run but I started the work as leader to win a majority in the Assembly,” said the Republican lawmaker from Union County. “I’m in the middle of a serious job.”

Bramnick wouldn’t rule out a U.S. Senate run in 2014.

“I’ll look at next year,” he said.

Right now, movement conservative Steve Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota, is the only declared Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

Two sources told PolitickerNJ.com that businessman Joe Plumeri is also interested in running.

Yesterday evening, four Republican sources said they would not be surprised if the governor selects powerful attorney and Christie ally David Samson as a placeholder. 

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