The candidate the GOP establishment wanted — Andy Unanue, a 40-year-old self-funding conservative millionaire Latino from Bergen County – began informing party leaders on Easter Sunday that he would enter the U.S. Senate race. That gives those party leaders who were actively seeking an alternative to State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris) and Ron Paul campaign leader Murray Sabrin a viable choice in the race to challenge Frank Lautenberg.
Two other prospective candidates are still in the mix: State Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Atlantic County Dennis Levinson. Neither has demonstrated that “fire-in-the-belly” thing, and GOP insiders do not expect them to run.
Unanue’s newborn campaign has just four days to make a splash: Republican conventions in Atlantic and Ocean counties are scheduled for Thursday.