Number 9: Joe Kyrillos

Joe Kyrillos, state Senator, 13th District

Strengths: The veteran lawmaker, a former state party chairman, can raise money. Like Kean, he may be motivated by having run once already for statewide office and failed.

Weaknesses: His 2012 loss to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is his last visible effort on record.

Prognosis: when Kyrillos ran for the U.S. Senate, he did so in part to get his name out there in preparation for Christie’s departure.  

Number 9: Joe Kyrillos