State Sen. Jefferson Van Drew (D-Middle Twp.) says he won’t challenge U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor) in 2010, but told Daily Journal reporter Tim Zatzariny that he would consider running for the Frank Lautenberg’s U.S. Senate seat this year, “if he’s asked – to help his party.” Discussions about a potential special election increased exponentially last week after Lautenberg was diagnosed with stomach cancer, but this is the first time Van Drew’s name has surfaced as a possible Democratic candidate.
A more likely scenario for Van Drew might be a House race this year if LoBiondo were to run for the U.S. Senate. Possible Republican candidates for an open second district seat might include: Assemblymen John Amodeo (R-Margate) and Vincent Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Twp.); U.S. Marshal James Plousis, a former Cape May County Sheriff; Nicholas Asselta (R-Vineland), a former state senator who now serves on the state Board of Public Utilities; former State Sen. James “Sonny” McCullough, the mayor of Egg Harbor Township; Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson; and Cape May County Freeholder Leonard Desiderio, the mayor of Sea Isle City.