Doherty Will Not Challenge Booker

Mike DohertyState Senator Mike Doherty, considered the most conservative member of the NJ Senate, will not attempt to block U.S. Senator Cory Booker from being elected to his own six year term.

A source close to Doherty told MMM that the senator is focused on his appointment to the State Senate Committee investigating the Christie Administration’s involvement in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal that has become know as Bridgegate. Doherty was one of three Republicans appointed to the seven member committee by Senate President Sweeney yesterday.  Senators Kevin O’Toole (Essex and Passaic) and Gerald Cardinale (Bergen) are the other Republicans on the investigating committee.  The Democrats are Senators Loretta Weinberg (Bergen), the Chair, Nicholas Scutari(Hudson) Nia Gill (Essex) and Linda Greenstein (Mercer and Middlesex).

“Mike would not have accepted that appointment if he were going to run for U.S. Senate,” this source said, “The party is in disarray and the investigation will be time consuming.”

Steve Lonegan,  Booker’s opponent in the Special Election for U.S. Senate last October,  told The Star Ledger that Doherty should run.   Lonegan has announced his candidacy to the House of Representatives seat being vacated by Congressman Jon Runyan in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick announced this morning that he would not be challenging Booker.

West Orange businessman Brian Goldberg, a political newcomer, is the only announced Republican candidate to U.S. Senate to date.


Posted: January 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 U.S. Senate race | Tags: , , , | 6 Comments »

6 Comments on “Doherty Will Not Challenge Booker”

  1. Chaz said at 3:41 pm on January 17th, 2014:

    Brian Goldberg 2014 !

    The only candidate in the race. Please google him!

  2. Goldberg Who? said at 4:59 pm on January 17th, 2014:


    WOW, a whole 64 likes on Facebook. That’s get me enthusiastic. Any campaign positions, any previous office held? Any money to put up a real campaign site? Any capability to raise millions to run against Booker.

    Hey, I want to win the seat; but if two of our best are already sitting out; might as well just re-run Rullo or Quarmot.

    At least we’ll get some laughs out of it.

  3. Cowboy Cal said at 6:30 pm on January 17th, 2014:

    It’s time for “Maverick Murray” Sabrin to the rescue. The 1997 Independent candidate for Governor, and GOP candidate for US Senate in 2002 and 2008, deserves another shot.

  4. Another seat goes to hell, said at 11:55 am on January 18th, 2014:

    while people who could get close or win, run from the tough ones.. Maybe Amy Handlin should take on Cory.. Donald Trump not available, is contemplating Gov. of NY… We need a name and some money- so, step up, chickens!

  5. Draft Geraldo said at 12:55 pm on January 18th, 2014:

    there’s a name and money.. He’s dying to do it- is a millionaire, will still have his radio and other gigs if it doesn’t work out, and it would take the now- giddy Dems down a peg- they’d maybe get off the gov. for 5 minutes,and have to help Cory hang on!

  6. Yeah Right said at 2:38 pm on January 18th, 2014:

    A nutcase and basically unknown like Sabrin or a sleezy guy who takes nude selfies in front of the mirror and tweets it.

    All would genuinely be lost then.