Prosecutor could become Assembly candidate

Democratic sources say that Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Robert Honecker is among the candidates under consideration to run for the State Assembly in the 12th district next year — on a ticket with State Senator Ellen Karcher and Assemblyman Michael Panter. Honecker served briefly as Acting Prosecutor and was among those under consideration for the post in 2005, when then-Governor Richard Codey instead picked Luis Valentin for the job. Honecker, who was the First Assistant Prosecutor under John Kaye, is now with the Trial Division. Former Assemblyman Robert Morgan, who lost his seat in 2005 to Republican Jennifer Beck, is reportedly interested in running again. Democrats still list former Freeholder Councilwoman Barbara McMorrow — now making her second bid for Freeholder — as a possible ’07 Assemby candidate, despite McMorrow’s shermanesque statement last week that she would most definitely not run next year. Beck is still deciding whether she wants to seek a second term in the Assembly or take on Karcher, who beat Senate President John Bennett in an epic 2003 campaign. If Beck does not run, Little Silver Councilman Declan O’Scanlon, who came within 73 votes of ousting Panter last year, might run against Karcher.