LAWRENCEVILLE – Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-23) of Hackettstown is prepared to endorse state Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23) in a statewide campaign in the event Doherty pursues higher office.
“I think he would be the right person for the job, with the right emphasis on the issues,” DiMaio told PolitickerNJ.com today at the farmland preservation bill signing.
While he won’t reveal his plans publicly at this point, sources say Doherty intends to run for U.S. Senate in 2012 against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
“I think he would be hard to beat in a Republican Primary,” DiMaio said of Doherty, when specifically asked about the all-Republican leg of a prospective contest.
“He has my support,” he added.
Unlike Doherty, DiMaio had the backing of the joint Warren/Hunterdon county organizations when he ran for the Assembly in 2009. After Doherty defeated DiMaio ticketmate state Sen. Marcia Karrow (R-23) in the primary, the two Republicans from Warren County ran together in the general election.
Other Republicans probling U.S. Senate campaigns include state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13).
Attorney Ian Linker of Bergen County is already a declared candidate.