Bencivengo won’t rule out District 14 senate run

HAMILTON – Mayor John Bencivengo said he is not ruling out a run for the District 14 senate seat being vacated by state Sen. Bill Baroni (R-Hamilton).

“I’ve had all of an hour to think about this, to be honest with you,” Bencivengo told PolitickerNJ.com. “I like to be the mayor. My first decision would have to be whether I can better serve the people as mayor of Hamilton or as the senator. I am going to consider it.”

Elected the Republican mayor of District 14’s largest town in 2007, Bencivengo unseated Democrat Glen Gilmore in the general election by fewer than 600 votes.

Sources say Councilman Tom Goodwin is also a possible candidate – maybe the frontrunner for Baroni’s seat.

“I haven’t talked to him about this,” said Bencivengo, referring to Goodwin.