Doria, Kenny will not seek re-election

Two Democratic State Senators from Hudson County, Joseph Doria and Bernard Kenny, will not seek re-election in 2007.

Kenny, the Senate Majority Leader and Hudson County Democratic Chairman, will announce next week that he will step down rather than battle Assemblyman Brian Stack, the Mayor of Union City, in the Democratic primary.

Incumbent Sal Vega, the Mayor of West New York, and Hoboken Councilman Ruben Ramos, will run for Assembly.

There is speculation that Assembyman Louis Manzo will also not be on the HCDO slate.

Doria went to the Senate in 2004, after Glenn Cunningham's death. Sandra Bolden Cunningham, the widow the late Mayor/Senator, is already a candidate for the 31st district Senate seat.

So far, ten State Senators have announced their retirements this year. At least one more, State Sen. Sharpe James, is also expected to leave office.

Doria served in the Assembly from 1979 to 2003, when he lost a Democratic primary, served as Assembly Speaker from 1999 to 1992 and then spent ten years as Minority Leader. He will continue to serve as Mayor of Bayonne, where he was re-elected in 2006.

Kenny was elected to the Legislature in 1987, when he and Bob Menendez won two Republican Assembly seats. He moved up to the Senate after Menendez's election to Congress in 1992.

Doria, Kenny will not seek re-election