Mercer County Democratic Chairman Richard McClellan says that his party has a major advantage in the November special election for outgoing state Sen. Bill Baroni’s (R-Hamilton) seat.
“I don’t think there’s any question that as long as we don’t screw it up, it is a Democratic advantage,” he said. “We can’t be eating our young here.”
What McClellan could not say was whether his party would automatically back its own assemblyman, Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton), over Assemblywoman Linda Greeinstein (D-Plainsboro), a longer-term incumbent who was the top vote-getter in last year’s election but lives in neighboring Middlesex County.
McClellan would not even speculate as to the likelihood of a primary.
“I think it’s way too early to tell about that,” he said.
In losing Baroni, Republicans will have a hard time finding a candidate who is both pro-labor and pro-life.
McClellan said that Republicans have nobody like him within their field of recruits.
“There’s really nobody on their bench that rises to his stature at all, because he was frankly able to transcend individual issues,” he said. “The names I’m hearing that they’re talking about have basically one-tenth the intellect and one-tenth the charm. The bench is really kind of shallow on their side”