Former Assembly Majority Leader Paul DiGaetano is giving serious consideration to a bid for Republican State Chairman this June. Insiders say that DiGaetano, a strong fundraiser who has won Assembly races in highly competitive districts — and for Passaic City Councilman — could take the state GOP into a different direction than the incumbent, Tom Wilson. Former Morris Township Mayor Peter Mancuso, who served as state Republican Finance Chairman in the 1990’s, is also expected to enter the race. WIlson has told County Chairman that he wants to seek re-election. DiGaetano spent sixteen years in the State Assembly — including four as Majority Leader and four as Minority Leader — before giving up his seat to seek the GOP nomination for Governor in 2005. He has also been mulling a challenge to State Senator Paul Sarlo in the 36th district, but Republican insiders say that he is concerned about the ability of the State GOP to fund challenger races this year.