A source close to GOP activist/businessman Bill Spadea said the Republican from Princeton will run for the vacant assembly seat in LD16.
The seat opened with the death earlier this month of veteran Assemblyman Pete Biondi.
Spadea’s run would pit him against the GOP establishment and its choice for a replacement.
Republican sources tell PolitickerNJ.com that Hunterdon County Freeholder Will Mennen is the county committee’s likely successor to Mr. Biondi.
Tonight, Spadea announced he is resigning his position as head of the grassroots organization, Building the New Majority. Failed LD14 candidate Wayne Wittman will assume leadership of the group instead.
“I’m writing today to let you know that I am resigning as president of Building the New Majority,” Spadea said in an email blast. “I’ve been asked by numerous Republican leaders, local candidates, business owners and friends to consider becoming a candidate for the New Jersey General Assembly in the redrawn 16th district. As you may know, our dear friend, Pete Biondi passed away days after being re-elected to the Assembly this year. Pete was a good man, an effective legislator and a patriot. He’s missed by so many including folks on the other side of the aisle and certainly won’t be forgotten.
“Soon I’ll be writing about the campaign developments as we pursue a strategy of focusing on the special convention ad primary coming up in a few short months.”