State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos issued a statement today indicating that he would not pursue a run for the U.S. senate in 2008.
"I am flattered and grateful for the encouragement of some good friends and allies," said the senator from Middletown. "Susan and I considered a race and have made a family decision not to pursue it. Each of the announced Republican candidates would be a far more effective Senator than the incumbent."
Kyrillos spearheaded the New Jersey effort for Mitt Romney's unsuccessful presidential campaign.
Some Republicans, including Monmouth County Republican Chairman Adam Puharic, suggested Kyrillos' late entry into the 2008 Senate race would be a game-changing event.
Had he jumped into the race, Kyrillos would have joined declared GOP candidates millionaire businesswoman Anne Evans Estabrook, state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio and economist Prof. Murray Sabrin, who are running for their party's nomination to face incumbent U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg in November.