Daniel Hutchison, a Gloucester Township Councilman and a Republican,said he didn’t run for state Senate this year in district 4 because he thinks State Sen. Fred Madden, a Democrat,isbasically a goodcandidate.
"I respect him more than I respect any other State Senator," said Hutchison in a telephone interview Wednesday. "He is a genuinely decent human being, who stands up for what he believes. He voted for (Gov. Jon) Corzine’s budget. On that point he and I disagree, but we agree on a lot."
The attorney and GOP nominee in 2004 to face U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews in the 1st Congressional District stopped just short of endorsing Madden.
"I know the other gentleman," he said of Republican State Senate nominee John Jankowski. "He’s a nice fella. If he’s going to pour his heart and soul into running against Fred, God bless him."
Beaten by 50 percentage points in his Congressional bid, Hutchison didn’t blamehis party for failing to recruit him, and took his reasons for not running beyond showing respect for Madden.
"To be honest, I question whether I’d be a good Senate candidate," said Hutchison. "These people I’ve criticized in the past, I’ve come to respect now that I’m an elected official. I don’t want to start throwing darts at the Republican side. I did have conversations with them. I thought long and hard about it and decided the investment I wanted to make was to my wife and family."