Movement conservative state Sen. Michael Doherty recently reached out to state party officials to discuss his interest in running for U.S. Senate, according to sources.
Doherty’s name has been floated in recent weeks as a possible Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in 2014. Sources confirmed Doherty reached out to Republican Party leaders and officials in the state and expressed his interest in mounting a campaign.
A message left with Doherty for comment was not immediately returned.
Despite several GOP officials being notified about a potential run, multiple GOP county officials say Doherty hasn’t expressed his interest to them.
Doherty has been mum on his intentions to seek the party’s nomination when asked in recent weeks.
State Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21) has had conversations with party leaders about a 2014 U.S. Senate bid, according to multiple sources.
A third potential GOP candidate, Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26), announced last month he would not be a candidate for U.S. Senate.