Two more Republican County Chairmen have joined Anne Evans Estabrook's U.S. Senate Exploratory Committee, along with three state legislators and a former GOP State Chairman. Hunterdon County GOP Chairman Henry Kuhl and Salem County GOP Chairman Paul Reed join GOP county leaders from Monmouth, Union, Camden and Gloucester counties as likely Estabrook for Senate supporters. Assemblymen Peter Biondi and Sean Kean, Assemblywoman Jennifer Beck, and former GOP State Chairman Virginia Littell are also backing Estabrook. They join State Senators Joe Kyrillos and Diane Allen, and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin.
Estabrook's only rival for the chance to run against Sen. Frank Lautenberg is Joseph Pennacchio, a Morris County Assemblyman and State Senate candidate. Pennacchio has not yet announced an exploratory committee, although last week he picked up the endorsement of Assemblyman Michael Doherty, who dropped his own Senate campaign to support Pennacchio.