There is some speculation that Franklin Mayor Brian Levine will drop his bid for the GOP nomination for Governor before the April 2 Somerset County Republican Convention. While the buzz from party events is that Levine is smart and likeable, he has not been doing well in early contests and, sources say, is unlikely to raise the $340,000 to qualify for matching funds. Out of more than 1600 votes cast in local Republican conventions and screening committees so far, just six have been cast for Levine.
Franklin Township has 94 delegates to the Somerset GOP convention, and if Levine gets less votes from his hometown than the total number of delegates it sends, the gubernatorial campaign could be viewed as a net loss for him as he looks toward a potentially competitive 2011 re-election campaign.
If Levine is not elected Governor in 2009, he could wind up as a canddate for Congress against Rush Holt next year, or for the Legislature if '11 redistricting moves Franklin to a more competitive district.