Former Marine mulling U.S. Senate bid
By Matthew Arco | March 4th, 2014 - 4:22pm
| More

A former Marine who hoped to mount a CD 3 bid to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ) says he’s giving a U.S. Senate run serious consideration.

Chris Isola, who turned to work on Wall Street after the Marines, was vying for the Republican Party’s nod to succeed Runyan. However, GOP screening committees in both Ocean and Burlington counties threw their support behind another Republican congressional hopeful.

But that doesn’t mean local Republicans weren’t impressed with Isola, who PolitickerNJ reported earlier today was being recruited to potentially challenge U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

“It’s something that I’m definitely mulling,” Isola confirmed, explaining he’s been discussing a possible statewide run with his wife and CD 3 campaign staff.

“We’re considering it,” Isola said. “We’re mulling it over.”

Isola said he doesn’t intend to continue his CD 3 pursuit on the floor of the upcoming Ocean County GOP nominating convention later this month.

If he enters the U.S. Senate race, Isola would join a finance professor at Ramapo College, Murray Sabrin; a former FBI agent, Rob Turkavage; and West Orange businessman Brian Goldberg. Additionally, the Star Ledger reported earlier this month that 20-year Army veteran Rich Pezzullo is also seeking the GOP's nomination to challenge Booker.

The Back Room

Christie takes state helicopter to campaign in Connecticut

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took the "upper level" -- helicoptering over the George Washington Bridge -- to beat rush hour traffic from his home state to a recent GOP fundraiser with Connecticut gubernatorial contender Tom Foley, according to a Hearst Media report.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 24th

  Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...


NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >


 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

- Star-Ledger


Which contest are you most focused on this coming season?:


Visit the page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.


  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.