Plousis becomes third Republican this week to decline race against Lautenberg

U.S. Marshal James Plousis has decided against seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, becoming the third candidate promoted by party leaders to decline since Anne Evans Estabrook left the race last week. Plousis, a former Cape May County Sheriff, told County Chairmen yesterday that he wants to continue as the federal marshal.

State Sen. Christopher Bateman and former New Jersey Highway Authority Chairman Joseph Buckalew also said this week that they would not enter the race against four-term Democrat Frank Lautenberg. Joseph Pennacchio, a State Senator from Morris County, appears to be the clear front runner for the Republican nomination. He faces Ramapo College Professor Murray Sabrin, the leader of Ron Paul’s New Jersey campaign, in the June primary.

Plousis becomes third Republican this week to decline race against Lautenberg