Councilman Rice doesn’t rule out LG if asked

The name of Newark West Ward Councilman Ronald C. Rice keeps circulating in Democratic Party circles as a possible candidate for lieutenant governor.

Ultimately, it is the choice of state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18), Democratic gubernatorial contender.

Sources close to Buono say she and her political advisors have not yet discussed the subject of LG.

But Rice continued to be seen as a viable option among party members gathered in Atlantic City for the annual Democratic Party convention.

The councilman, son of state Senator Ronald L. Rice, (D-28), Newark, said he is not seeking the LG job, and told he is looking for opportunities potentially outside of elected office after 2014. 

A source close to Newark politics said a Rice rematch with U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr., (D-10), may be a possibility.

“But I would have to consider if asked,” the councilman said of lieutenant governor.

Councilman Rice doesn’t rule out LG if asked