Bramnick Won’t Run for Senate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

BramnickAsm. Jon Bramnick has shocked the N.J. political world by declining to run for U.S. Senate in 2014, Save Jerseyans, leaving the field wide open…

His statement:

“After thoroughly considering the opportunity to run for United States Senate in 2014, I have decided to remain focused on my role as Assembly Republican Leader. I appreciate the support and enthusiasm offered to me by countless party leaders, elected officials, and devoted volunteers across New Jersey. I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Christie and the dedicated members of the Assembly Republican caucus to advocate for the hardworking taxpayers of our state. “

Wow, right?? The only declared GOP challenger to Cory Booker (D-Twitter) at the moment is businessman Brian Goldberg. Bramnick’s surprise decision raises immediate questions as to whether the Christie political organization (of which Bramnick is a key member in the legislature) plans to take a pass on 2014 (and Bramnick got the message) or, alternatively, the Governor’s team is considering other as-of-yet-unnamed prospects… most of the other widely-speculated hypothetical challengers (Kean, Webber, etc.) took passes, too…

Now we’re waiting to hear if state Senator Mike Doherty jumps in… the water looks warm…

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