Are New Jersey’s U.S. senators interested in being vice president?

Don’t expect New Jersey’s U.S. senators to be a presidential runningmate. In a survey of the U.S. Senate’s membership not already running for president on whether they’d accept an offer to be vice president, The Hill newspaper found a variety of responses to the veepstakes question. Some were accompanied by laughs, others took the question seriously.

So, how did Democrats Bob Menendez and Frank Lautenberg respond?

Says Menendez: “I love representing the people of New Jersey. I am immensely proud of the opportunity to represent the people of New Jersey and that’s what I want to continue to do.”

Says Lautenberg: “I’ve been waiting for someone to come up and propose it. I already told my wife to get ready to move. It has a beautiful living facility. But I like what I do. Frankly, it’s a more important job. You’re asked to respond to things in a more basic way than defending bad policy. I don’t like defending bad policy.”

Are New Jersey’s U.S. senators interested in being vice president?