Several key GOP leaders approached Dr. Mehmet Oz, a nationally prominent cardiothoracic surgeon from Cliffside Park, to enter the race for U.S. Senator – but without success. Despite his national fundraising contacts and Oprah Winfrey’s infatuation with him, at some point Republicans will just stop asking Oz to run for office. He was mentioned as a U.S. Senate candidate in 2006, and as a State Senate candidate against Joseph Coniglio in 2007.
Several years ago, Oz started showing up at Republican meetings with a power point presentation aimed at saving the New Jersey GOP. Isn’t that how Pennacchio got in trouble seventeen years ago?
Editor’s Note: Matt Rinaldo, a GOP Congressman from Union County from 1973 to 1993, often flirted with a statewide run, but never pulled the trigger.