Bill, not Phil, for Senate

There is much speculation among Burlington County Republicans that the lineup of candidates for the eighth district could be changed over the next few weeks. County Clerk Philip Haines was expected to become the GOP Senate candidate for Martha Bark’s seat, but now some insiders say that Freeholder William Haines, no relation to the Clerk, could emerge as a candidate for State Senator. Phil Haines would then run for Assembly on a ticket with incumbent Francis Bodine; Republicans are expected to drop the other incumbent, Larry Chatzidakis. Former Medford Mayor Scott Rudder, who had been slated for the Chatzidakis Assembly seat, might wind up running for the open Freeholder seat now occupied by Vincent Farias; that would make Cinnaminson Township Committeeman Joseph Donnelly, who had been viewed as the leading candidate to replace Farias, as the loser in a GOP game of musical chairs.

Bill, not Phil, for Senate