In the aftermath of news that Anne Evans Estabrook would not run for the U.S. Senate, Monmouth county GOP Chairman Adam Puharic today said he was calling for an emergency meeting of Republican county chairmen to discuss the party’s options in nominating a candidate.
As for his own personal choice for a GOP senate candidate now that Estabrooks is out, Puharic said he would be happy joining a coalition of New Jersey Republicans calling on former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani to enter the race, or "other talented Republicans."
But in the meantime, "Everybody needs to freeze until we have a chance to talk," said Puharic. "If a majority of the county chairs believe we should rally around state Sen. Joe Pennacchio, fine, but if a majority are not happy with the choices they have now, I beseech everyone not to rush to judgement."Read More >
Mike Huckabee’s New Jersey campaign director says he likes the idea of the former presidential candidate moving to New Jersey to run for U.S. Senate against Frank Lautenberg, but said he’s not going to ask.
"From a pure mechanics perspective, I could make the call, but he would laugh me off the phone," said Peter Kane of Huckabee, who ended his bid for the presidency Tuesday after losing in Texas and Ohio to Sen. John McCain.
This morning, the Republican Party awoke to the news that onetime GOP frontrunner Anne Evans Estabrook had suspended her run for the U.S. Senate because of health reasons.
While asserting that the party needs someone, in his words, of "greater stature" than State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris) to defeat Lautenberg, Kane reluctantly said the jobless Huckabee won’t be the one. It was one thing for a blatant political opportunist like Hillary Clinton to transplant from Arkansas to New York to run for the U.S. Senate, but it’s not Huckabee’s style, Kane said.Read More >
Gov. Jon Corzine today celebrated Sen. Hillary Clinton's Tuesday victories in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island as significant in her ongoing primary battle with Sen. Barack Obama.
"I'm very excited about last night," said Corzine, a staunch Clinton backer. "Hillary Clinton won by hundreds of thousands of votes - a substantial victory - and she has the clear momentum.
She's the most qualified candidate to be President of the United States in either party."
One name floated in Republican to run for U.S. Senate now that Anne Evans Estabrook has dropped out is former baseball star Al Leiter, a New Jersey native.
But Estabrook’s withdrawal was news to Leiter, who lives in Florida, and her decision won’t change his mind about running.
“I was approached by some folks in Washington in regard to the third district for Mr. Saxton, and as I told them, I was intrigued with the process but I’m not ready,” he said. “I’m interested in many ways and different levels.”Read More >
Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson hasn’t reached out to any other potential candidates to fill in for Anne Evans Estabrook, but he doesn’t think having other people running would be a bad thing.
Wilson said that he’s heard several names pop up, including United States Ambassador to Brazil Clifford Sobel, who has been named as a desirable potential candidate by Republican sources.
“I don’t generally get into the business of getting people into things. Joe Pennacchio’s got some momentum and clearly is touching a chord with people. If others want to get into the race, they should do that,” said Wilson. “I’ve known Cliff (Sobel) for a number of years and would be happy to talk to him about it if it’s something he’s interested in. There are a lot of things about him that are very attractive and he certainly has a record of caring about public service.”Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
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