Crowley not running for U.S. Senate

Biotech millionaire John Crowley of Princeton won’t run for the U.S. Senate this year, he announced to his friends on Facebook.

“While I deeply appreciate the very thoughtful and outreach from so many people who have encouraged me to seek political office in 2012 here in New Jersey, I want to let you know that I will not be a candidate for US Senate in 2012,” Crowley wrote. “This nation faces many serious challenges in the months and years ahead and we do need great people to serve in office to meet those challenges with courage and commitment.”

Crowley’s friend, Bill Spadea, told earlier today Crowley was out.

“John didn’t want to be a negative factor and wanted to put it to rest early enough for other candidates,” Spadea said. “I hope this is the beginning of someone running an effective campaign against Bob Menendez, who is vulnerable.”

Spadea said Crowley is being deployed as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Navy. Classified.

A Republican who in 2008 flirted with challenging U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Crowley looked and sounded the part of the near perfect candidate, according to some members of his party.

Not only did he have the military cred, but he also possessed money cred. Moreover, he founded Amicus Therapeutics to combat a rare disease afflicting his children, and became the subject of a Hollywood movie starring Brendan Fraser as Crowley.

Earlier today, Forbes reported that Amicus announced Crowley’s imminent return to the company as its CEO, following a hiatus. Spadea admitted that the announcement prompted more than a few phone calls today. 

So far, Bergen attorney Ian Linker is the only declared candidate in the race to challenge Menendez. State Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13) of Middletown has formed an exploratory committee examining the prospect, and insiders say state Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23) of Oxford will assuredly run.

Linker issued a statement on the news about Crowley.

John Crowley is a great American, New Jerseyan, Navy Reservist, philanthropist, and job creator,” Linker said. “We share a commitment to fight the destructive policies championed by President Obama and Bob Menendez. I look forward to a cleared Republican field and united front in our opposition to the disastrous course Obama and Menendez have made for our nation.”

Crowley not running for U.S. Senate