A Republican group calling itself "Building the New Majority" has formed with former Congressional candidate Bill Spadea serving as president and John Crowley serving as the organization's honorary chairman.
A Princeton businessman, Crowley was a dream U.S. Senate candidate for a small, dedicated group of Republicans who with Spadea’s help sought to recruit him as a replacement for crackup GOP Senate candidate Andy Unanue.
Crowley backed out of contention hours before the state deadline for primary candidates, citing concerns about how his small business could proceed were he to pursue a full-time Senate campaign.
According to its mission statement, "The primary focus of Building the New Majority will be the development of local, county and statewide candidates. The group will work in tandem with other statewide and local organizations in order to help create an opportunity to restore transparency, accountability and responsibility to all levels of government in New Jersey."
Giving his blessing to the group’s formation is state Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Union).
"John clearly understands the need to bring fiscal responsibility and common sense solutions to all levels of government," said Kean. "With John Crowley's background, business successes and passion for public service and Bill Spadea's communication and organizational skills, this group is well positioned to be a positive force for change in the Garden State."