UNION COUNTY – Republican Assemblyman Jon Bramnick has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Cory Booker.
“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,” Bramnick said in a statement last week. “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.”
With less than 10 months remaining before the November election, no GOP challenger has emerged. Another Union County Republican, state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. has also indicated that he will not run for the seat.
Booker defeated former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan in a special election held last year for the remainder of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term. In November, voters will choose someone to represent New Jersey in the upper house of Congress for the next six years.
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