O’Toole and Pennacchio endorse Doherty

Two state senators today endorsed Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington) to replace outgoing State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Flemington).

The moderate state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-Cedar Grove) said that Doherty “has worked diligently both in his district and across the state to represent the principles and values of the Republican Party.”

State Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville), a conservative, called Doherty a “gallant fighter for conservative principles.” Pennacchio received Doherty’s endorsement for his own U.S. Senate campaign earlier this year after Doherty decided not to run.

Doherty’s running mate, Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington), has also expressed interest in running for the seat. Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt earlier today said he was forming an exploratory committee to consider a run as well.

O’Toole and Pennacchio endorse Doherty