Pennachio ready for Senate bid

Joseph Pennacchio has filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission as a candidate for the Republican nomination for State Senator in 2007. Pennacchio, an Assemblyman, wants to succeed Robert Martin, who has announced he will not seek re-election. The conventional wisdom is that Pennacchio will have a relatively easy path to the Senate, with steep competition for his Assembly seat. Possible candidates to succeed him include: attorney Jay Webber, who ran a strong race against Martin in the 2003 primary; Richard DeAngelis, who managed John Murphy’s campaign for Governor; Kinnelon Councilman Larry Casha, who ran against Pennacchio in a 2001 special election convention when Carol Murphy resigned to become a BPU Commissioner; and Chatham Councilwoman Cordelia Fuller. Some Republicans speculate that there could be two open Assembly seats in this district, if 69-year-old Alex DeCroce decides to retire.

Pennachio ready for Senate bid