Beck v. DuPont?

There is increasing Monmouth County buzz around Councilman Mike DuPont of Red Bank as a 2011 Democratic Party candidate for state senate against Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank).

DuPont is a law partner of former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna.

For three years, speculation centered around a potential District 12 senate bid by Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik, a rising star in the Democratic Party.

But the temper of the times in Monmouth – a combination of Christie love, GOP strength, little money in county Democratic Party coffers, not to mention Beck’s independent streak and popularity in the district – has spun the vector away from the Marlboro mayor, who’s up for re-election next year.  

For now, DuPont appears poised to make the play, according to party sources.

Beck v. DuPont?