Will Gormley leave early?

State Senator Bill Gormley might leave the Senate before the expiration of his term so that Assemblyman Frank Blee can run this fall as an incumbent, according to an Atlantic County official close to the longtime legislator. With Gormley out of the race, both parties say they expect the second district Senate seat to be among the most competitive in the state this year. While he has not announced his post-Senate career plans, some insiders suggest that after nearly thirty years in Trenton, Gormley might want to start he clock on his two-year ban from working for casino interests as soon as possible. Another Gormley friend says that the 60-year-old Senator might not be inclined to enjoy his lame-duck status. If Gormley were to resign, Republican County Committee members in the second district would hold a special election convention to appoint a new Senator to serve until next January. And if Blee were the party choice, Republicans would hold a second special election convention to replace him in the Assembly. The two Assembly seats will also be hotly contested in 2007, especially if Blee and Democratic Assemblyman James Whelan are running for the Senate.

Will Gormley leave early?