Marks contemplates running against Stender and Green in the 22nd District

ROSELLE PARK – He said last year he would be the perfect candidate to take on Linda Stender, and former Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marksmay still believe that, as he mulls over a challenge of the 22nd District Assemblywoman, who also lost her own Congressional bid and now faces re-electionto the Assembly.

“I’d say it’s about a 50% percent chance that I’ll run,” said Marks, who served as mayor of Scotch Plains for eight years and failed twice to move up: once in a State Senate bid in 2003 and again in his 2008 Republican Primary bid for Congress.

“It’s a tough district,” said Marks, remembering how Nicholas Scutari, buried him in the City of Plainfield.

But GOP sources in Union County who are leaning on Marks to run say the closing of Muhlenberg Hospital gives Republicans perhaps their one shot at winning Democratic Party votes in the urban block, or at least wresting some new voters into the process.