Unlike his Pingry classmate, Ronald Rice Jr. is keeping the Junior suffix in his campaign for City Councilman in Newark’s West Ward. The Newark election this May might feature two Rice’s on the ballot — his father, State Senator Ronald Rice, is raising money to run for Mayor — perhaps as Sharpe James’ annointed successor. Rice Jr. has already committed to backing another candidate, Cory Booker; he will run on Booker’s slate, as he did in 2002, when his father endorsed James. Rice and GOP U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Kean both graduated from the prestigious prep school in 1986; at the time, Kean’s father was Governor and Rice’s father was the West Ward Councilman (the death of Senator John Caufield in August 1986 paved the way for him to go to the Senate ten weeks later.) And for those who believe in technical correctness: Ronald L. Rice is the father of Ronald C. Rice — so while Kean has dropped the Jr. suffix, Rice has basically picked it up.