Too early for Prez endorsements, but Lonegan liked Bachmann’s debate performance

Two New Jersey conservative leaders say it’s too early to endorse a presidential candidate but are in the feel-out phase.

“I’m waiting to see how the candidacies shake out,” said state Sen. Michael Doherty (R-23), Trenton’s upper house resident movement conservative.

In 2008, Doherty supported U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (D-Texas), who is again running for president.

“I like Ron Paul,” said Steve Lonegan, executive director of NJ Americans for Prosperity. “But I don’t know if he’s staying in the race.”

Lonegan said he intends to speak with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann at a conservative conference this Thursday in Minneapolis, but it’s too early to embrace one candidate over the others.

The 2009 candidate for governor who lost to Chris Christie in the GOP Primary said Bachmann impressed him with her performance in last night’s CNN faceoff.

“She was pretty much the winner of the debate,” Lonegan said.

Too early for Prez endorsements, but Lonegan liked Bachmann’s debate performance