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.
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