CLARK – There weren’t many NJGOP establishment faces here today at a Rand Paul rally for Steve Lonegan, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.
In fact, saying there might have been a handful might have been a stretch at an event where one of the speakers was a red-white-and-blue clad Barbara from Harlem.
Like Gov. Chris Christie, Paul has his eye on a presidential run in 2016, and New Jersey friends of Christie’s are reluctant to be seen in the presence of another national-sized competitor.
Planted at the lectern to introduce Paul and Lonegan was state Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23),the state Senate’s resident movement conservative, a longtime Lonegan ally who has at times hit heads with Christie.
Today, he spoke favorably of Paul.
“He has a great future, not only in Kentucky but all across America,” Doherty said, seconds before Paul appeared, accompanied by Lonegan.