Someone might get the improbable idea that Congress (job approval rating 14%, according to Gallop) is a desirable place to be right now – based on the deluge of names hitting the phones in pursuit of party support to run for Congress in the 12th District.
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) yesterday announced his retirement at the end of this term, prompting the phones of county chairs in Middlesex, Mercer, Union and Somerset to fly off their hooks.
The latest interested party?
League of Conversation Voter Executive Director Ed Potosnak (pictured), who ran and lost in CD7.
Veteran Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15), too, placed some “do nothing until you hear from me” calls.
Her districtmates – state Sen. Shirley Turner (D-15) and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15) are also poking and probing their own runs.
PolitickerNJ placed some calls to insiders affiliated with chairs, and the power pooh-bahs in the district consistently talked about the animated interest level of the following prospective candidates: Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15).