Rush Holt is the top choice for New Jersey’s United States Senate seat, according to an online poll conducted by New Jersey for Democracy, the grass roots organization started by supporters of Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. Holt received 26%, followed by Frank Pallone (15%), Bob Menendez (10%), Rob Andrews (6%), Nia Gill (5%) and Loretta Weinberg (3%). The first choice was Richard Codey, who received 29%; the poll was conducted before Codey withdrew his name from consideration last week. Holt also received the first newspaper endorsement of the Senate campaign, where only one vote really counts: the Trenton Times is asking Jon Corzine to send the four-term Congressman to the U.S. Senate. “Unlike his three colleagues, Rep. Holt hasn’t held news conferences on behalf of his candidacy, put out news releases, encouraged letter-writing drives, formed a U.S. Senate Web site, boasted of a large campaign treasury nor released statements lauding Sen. Corzine,” the editorial stated. “In our view, the governor-elect could find no better qualified individual for the Senate seat than Rush Holt. His integrity and reputation are unquestioned. Smart and hard-working, he takes a studious approach to public policy, examining pros and cons of issues with the intensity he brought to the problems of nuclear fusion during his days as assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.