Sources: Stahl to announce LD 18 senate candidacy, Christie endorsement, tomorrow

East Brunswick Mayor Dave Stahl will run for state Senate in the 18th Legislative District, sources tell PolitickerNJ.com.

He plans his formal announcement tomorrow, complete with the announcement that he plans to switch parties from Democrat to Republican and back Gov. Chris Christie for governor.

Intent on succeeding state Sen. Babara Buono (D-18), who’s giving up her Senate seat to run for governor, Stahl is likely to face Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-18) in a general election joust.

The mayor handily won re-election last year in East Brunswick.

Stahl ran afoul of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization in 2011 when he refused to support Assemblyman Pat Diegnan’s (D-18) re-election and instead supported his Republican law partner.

The GOP has been talking to Stahl going back to the time around the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

Tomorrow’s press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Colonial Diner in East Brunswick.

Sources: Stahl to announce LD 18 senate candidacy, Christie endorsement, tomorrow