Two mayors from Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow’s (R-Raritan) native Hunterdon County have endorsed her rival, Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp), for the state senate seat being vacated by Congressman-elect Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).
Newly sworn-in Raritan Township Mayor Richard O’Malley and Bloomsbury Mayor Mark Peck both cited Doherty’s conservative credentials as the reason for their decisions to endorse him over Karrow.
“Mike Doherty is a Reagan conservative who always stands up for our values in Trenton. Whenever I need help as a Mayor, I know that I can count on Mike to respond immediately and in an effective manner,” said Peck.
O’Malley, a Raritan committeeman who was tapped by the committee to serve as mayor for 2009, holds the same office that Karrow held in 1998.
Peck, who presides over tiny Bloomsbury, last year unsuccessfully challenged long-time Hunterdon County Republican Chairman Henry Kuhl, who’s supporting Karrow.
Karrow has already announced the support of the majority of Hunterdon County mayors, and has rolled out the endorsements of eight mayors from Doherty’s native Warren County.
Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt has also declared his candidacy for Lance’s state senate seat, although there’s considerable buzz that he plans to run for assembly instead.