State Sen. Henry McNamra is expected to announce tomorrow that he will not seek re-election after nearly 22 years in the Senate, becoming the 11th member of the upper house to retire this year.
The 74-year-old Bergen County Republican first went to the Senate in 1985, winning a Special Election following the death of Garrett Hagedorn.
Assemblyman Kevin O'Toole, the Essex County GOP Chairman, is expected to entire the race for Senate. He served briefly as a Senator in 2001.
The 40th district includes parts of Bergen, Passaic and Essex counties and has been held by the GOP for more than forty years.