DiGaetano still considering challenge to Sarlo

Former Assembly Majority Leader Paul DiGaetano, who had been flirting with a bid for GOP State Chairman, is taking a second look at a run for State Senator against incumbent Paul Sarlo. DiGaetano had initially rejected the race for the 36th district seat out of concern that the state Republicans might not be able to help him raise enough money. But now Senate Minority Leader Leonard Lance has agreed to come back with essentially a better offer, and Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore has said he would help DiGaetano’s fundraising efforts. The 53-year-old DiGaetano spent fifteen years as a Passaic City Councilman and sixteen years in the State Assembly before giving up his seat to run for Governor in 2005. He was the Majority Leader from 1998 to 2002 and the Minority Leader from 2002 to 2006. Sarlo, 38, the Mayor of Wood-Ridge, has been in the Senate since 2003. A close ally of Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero, Sarlo has over $500,000 in his campaign warchest.

DiGaetano still considering challenge to Sarlo