By MAX PIZARRO
Democrats say a recent poll they conducted gives Democratic Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew the edge in a head-to-head with State Sen. Nicholas Asselta in the 1st district, which serves all of Cape May and parts of Atlantic and Cumberland counties.
Based on the poll — which Democrats say gives Van Drew a 16-point advantage — the three-term Assemblyman on Tuesday said only that he is “seriously considering” a Senate bid against Asselta.
The district leans Republican, and Van Drew would need funding commitments from state Democrats to make the race — but he suggests the polling gives the party a reason to take notice.
Asselta, running for his second term in the Senate after nine years in the Assembly, says he’s an old athlete. “Whoever they line up, will be the opponent,” he told PoliticsNJ.com.
He says has not run any poll numbers on a match-up with potential candidates. “Why would I want to spend my time on a poll?” said Asselta. “Right now, there’s no confrontation.”
But there may be one before the April filing deadline — perhaps with Van Drew.