TRENTON – U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone hand-delivered nominating petitions to the state Division of Elections and formally announced his intention to run for the remaining term of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg this afternoon.
“Although I wish this opportunity to run for the seat vacated as a result of the loss of my good friend and colleague, Senator Frank Lautenberg, had never risen, I am committed to carrying on his legacy of fighting for New Jersey,” Pallone said.
“I’m in this race because families in our state and throughout the nation are hurting, and I believe that we have a responsibility to roll up our sleeves, get to work and help. Throughout my career, I have been committed to public service and to the idea that, no matter the size of the challenge, I would continue to stand and fight and work toward sensible solutions.”
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver also announced her intention to run and filed her nominating petitions this afternoon.
“I think the voters of New Jersey are entitled to have some choices,” said Oliver, adding that she wants to increase women’s representation in government.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker and U.S. Rep Rush Holt had previously filed petitions to appear on the Aug. 13 Democratic Primary ballot.
On the Republican side, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan filed 7,210 petition signatures today – more than seven times the amount necessary.
“People are fed up with the radical agenda of Barack Obama and his rubber-stamp supporters and enablers like Cory Booker and the other Democrats filing petitions today,” Lonegan said. “The support we received this weekend is just the first sign. There will be many others over the next four months. I will win this election on Oct. 16.”
Piscataway medical doctor Alieta Eck also filed to run in the Republican Primary.
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