Former Democratic State Chairman Tom Byrne has a poll in the field to see if he can beat 84-year-old incumbent Frank Lautenberg in the Democratic primary, according to two Democratic Party insiders. Byrne, 53, is the son of former Gov. Brendan Byrne. Byrne told PolitickerNJ.com several months ago that he had not ruled out a challenge to Lautenberg.
The Princeton financial consultant served as State Chairman in the 1990’s. In 2000, he tested the waters for a U.S. Senate bid, but dropped out after Jon Corzine entered the race. He still has over $500,000 in his campaign account.