When Joseph Kyrillos won an open Assembly seat in 1987 at age 27, and then beat a Democratic State Senator four years later, Republican insiders quickly labeled him as one of their rising stars. But twenty years later, Kyrillos remains in the Legislature. He lost a bid for Congress in 1992 against Frank Pallone, and despite a three-year stint as GOP State Chairman, he passed on a chance to become the Senate Republican leader, and never took his shot at statewide office.
But now, Kyrillos friends acknowledge that he might be ready to move on from Trenton. He has taken a leadership post in Mitt Romney’s campaign, and if Romney were to win the presidency, Kyrillos seems ready to seek a post in Washington. And in the absence of a Romney win, some Republican insiders say that Kyrillos is already angling for 2009: he is said to have a strong interest in running for Lieutenant Governor on a ticket with U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie.