Former Assembly Majority Leader Paul DiGaetano is under contract to purchase a new home in Franklin Lakes, which raises speculation that he might be a potential candidate for State Senate in the 40th district.
As a candidate for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2005, DiGaetano won the Bergen County Republican Convention — in part with the endorsement of retiring State Senator Henry McNamara and with considerable support in the 40th district.
There is extreme enmity between DiGaetano and Kevin O'Toole, his former Assembly colleague and the Essex County Republican Chairman. O'Toole is viewed as the leading contender to replace McNamara in the Senate.
McNamara has not yet endorsed a successor.
The 53-year-old DiGaetano, who spent sixteen years in the State Assembly, has been eager to return to public office. He mulled a challenge to Democratic State Senator Paul Sarlo, and has explored a bid for Repubican State Chairman.