Itlooks like a GOP primary in the 12th Congressional District.
Republican Alan Bateman of Holmdel, who ran for Congress in the 12th last year and lost, said Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre’s decision to pursue the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell) alters nothing.
“I did plan on running and I filed my papers a couple of months ago,” said Bateman, a former deputy mayor in Holmdel and hospital administration consultant who lost to Holt last year, 62% to 36%.
“This doesn’t change my plans, not at all,” added Bateman of Halfacre’s announcement, scheduled tomorrow, that he intends to run.
Bateman said today’s news about Halfacre created a surge of telephone calls from supporters, who toldthe Holmdel resident that he can count on them.
“The amount of grassroots support I have out there is very encouraging, and I will be coming out with a message very soon,” said Bateman, a movement conservative in the mold of former gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan.
“Lonegan was a supporter of mine early on, and I supported him early on,” Bateman added.
While Halfacre supported eventual 2009 GOP Primary winner Chris Christie,Republican leaders, including State Party Chair Jay Webber, today did not declareHalfacre the establishment favorite.