Sources: Greenstein the favorite to succeed Holt for Dems

Dubbed one of the hardest-working retail politicians in the State of New Jersey, state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) has a big leg up on the competition to succeed U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), who earlier today announced his decision not to pursue re-election.

“Another year, another race,” said Greenstein with a laugh.

She was in one of the toughest re-election races in the state last year in the 14th.

Chairmen are also getting phone calls of interest in a candidacy from Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17), and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15) told PNJ he’s considering a run.

Chivukula ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012 in the 7th District, possibly as a warm up, sources said at the time, for a run in a more snugly D District like the 12th.

He still has $49,096 in his federal campaign account.

Greenstein was hitting the phones today, shoring up support from key party power players, including Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe, Monroe Mayor Richard Pucci, and others.

On gthe Republican side, Dr. Alieta Eck of Somerset is already an announced candidate for Congress in the 12th District.

Republicans sources were kicking the name around of another former candidate for Congress: businessman Scott Sipprelle of Princeton.

 

Sources: Greenstein the favorite to succeed Holt for Dems