Schundler backs Pennacchio for U.S. Senate

Former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler has endorsed Joseph Pennacchio for the 2008 Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

"I think Joe would make a great United States Senator. He's been fiscally responsible in Trenton and fought for the concerns of average New Jersey citizens. If he now runs for the United States Senate, I think he'd make not only a great candidate, but a great Senator, because he has a clear vision for the direction we need to proceed in as country, and is articulate in describing that attractive vision to the voters," Schundler said in a statement released by the Pennacchio campaign this morning.

Schundler was the Mayor of Jersey City from 1992 to 2001. He was the Republican nominee for Governor in 2001, and lost his bid for the '05 gubernatorial nomination in the GOP primary.

Assemblyman Michael Doherty dropped his own Senate bid earlier this month and endorsed Pennacchio.

Pennacchio, a dentist from Montville, has served in the State Assembly since 2001. He is the Republican nominee for State Senator for an open seat in the 26th district this year.

The only other candidate actively seeking support to run against Sen. Frank Lautenberg is Anne Evans Estabrook, a millionaire developer and former New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Chairman. Schundler backs Pennacchio for U.S. Senate