If Assembly Minority Whip Jon Bramnick gets picked as the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor this June, he would have to drop his bid for re-election to the State Assembly. That would create a special convention for his 21st district Assembly seat so that Republican County Committee members from the Union, Morris, Somerset and Essex towns in his district could pick a new legislative candidate.
The front runner for Bramnick’s seat is former Summit Council President Kelly Hatfield, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the 2008 GOP primary but won the Union County convention. Hatfield is now the Finance Chair for the Union GOP. Other possible candidates include Union County Republican Chairman Phil Morin (who came within a handful of votes of beating Bramnick in a 2003 special election convention), Westfield Mayor Andrew Skibitsky, Berkeley Heights Mayor David Cohen, Cranford Mayor David Robinson, Westfield Councilman James Foerst, Mountainside Councilman Glenn Mortimer, and former Assemblyman Joel Weingarten.