Sarlo will run for Majority Leader

With his re-election in the potentially competitive 36th district fairly secure — Republicans don’t have a candidate and some party insiders doubt they can get the write-in campaign done — Paul Sarlo is focusing on his bid for Senate Majority Leader.

The Bergen County Democrat, who has over $500,000 in his campaign warchest, is among several possible candidates to succeed Bernard Kenny, who is not seeking re-election this year. Senate Judiciary Chairman John Adler of Camden County and Senate Health Committee Chairman Joseph Vitale of Middlesex County have also expressed some interest in the race.

Most statehouse observers believe Richard Codey — the most popular politician in the state, according to an independent poll released this week — is expected to seek another term as Senate President. While he is the presumptive favorite, Codey knows he still needs to watch his back — especially if the size of the South Jersey Democratic delegation increases after November.

Sarlo will run for Majority Leader