Donohue announces assembly run in 1st District

Attorney Michael Donohue announced today that he’s trying again for an assembly seat in the 1st District, which is expected to be one of the major legislative battlegrounds this year.

Donohue ran unsuccessfully with Norris Clark in 2007 against Democrats Nelson Albano (D- Vineland) and Matt Milam (D-Vineland). He came within 2,000 votes of Milam in this traditionally Republican district– a sweep that many observers attributed to the coattails of state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May), the most conservative Democrat in the state Senate.

“Ronald Reagan said nearly three decades ago that government is not the solution to our problems, government IS the problem,” said Donohue, a Cape May County resident, in a statement. “What we are faced with now is the need for the radical restructuring of state government in order to have some hope for prosperity in New Jersey in the future. If companies that have been in existence for a hundred years realize that only through eliminating divisions and downsizing can they survive, then our state government better wake up to the same reality immediately.”

Donohue plans a “Reagan Roundtables Speaker Series” as part of his campaign, where invited guests will talk about “the need for a return to the conservative principals of small government, lower taxes and individual economic initiative.”

No other Republican candidates have emerged yet in the district, which is made up of Cape May and parts of Cumberland and Atlantic Counties.