Six-term U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell has been itching to run statewide, and says he would likely run for Governor if Jon Corzine does not. At 71, the former Paterson Mayor and Assemblyman, is a year younger than the Republican presidential candidate. He has a strong base in Passaic and Essex counties.
Pascrell's 12 years in Congress and 29 years in politics have brought him a 33% statewide name ID. He has a favorable rating of 11%-4%.