The clock is ticking on Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls mulling a challenge against Democratic Sen. Cory Booker.
At least, that’s according to one state lawmaker who’s entertaining a statewide bid himself, and who says a candidate has roughly the next month to emerge if they intend to mount a serious challenge to the incumbent.
“I think they probably have to decide no later than late December or early January,” said Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21). “I assume within the next 30 days you’ll have a pretty good sense of who is [running on] the Republican side.”
Currently, no Republican has thrown their hat in the ring despite names of possible challengers making rounds in GOP circles.
The reason is simple, says Bramnick and other Republican officials, challenging Booker is a serious endeavor.
“I still think people are kind of in a discussion phase. I think that’s where it is,” he said. “I don’t think anyone is gun shy about going up against Cory Booker, …. [but] I think everyone who is considering that realizes it’s a big deal.”
Of course, among the list of people in the “discussion phase” is Bramnick himself.
“There’s no doubt about it that I’m looking at it,” he said. “I’ve had discussions and I’m continuing to have discussions.”