Pennacchio’s out, will back Kean

Joseph Pennacchio, a conservative State Assemblyman from Morris County, said today that he will not seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2006. Instead, Pennacchio will run for an open State Senate seat in the 26th district and plans to endorse Thomas Kean, Jr. for the U.S. Senate. Pennacchio had been exploring a Senate bid against Jon Corzine before James E. McGreevey resigned as Governor in August 2004.

Pennacchio’s out, will back Kean