If Jon Bramnick runs for the United States Senate, the highest ranking Assembly Republican who will support his candidacy will be Jon Bramnick. Republicans presume that Minority Leader Alex DeCroce will back his running mate, Joseph Pennacchio, while Minority Conference Leader Peter Biondi was listed yesterday as a member of Anne Estabrook’s exploratory committee.
And if Bramnick, the Assembly Minority Whip, decides not to run against Frank Lautenberg, he could instead challenge DeCroce or Biondi for a leadership post. If Republicans lose seats in the Assembly this year — the second time in state history that the GOP actually loses seat in the mid-term election of a Democratic Governor — some Republican legislators say that DeCroce and Biondi could be vulnerbale. One Republican leader suggested that a ticket of Bramnick for Minority Leader and Alison Littell McHose for Minority Conference Leader could be quite formidable.