Sources: Keep an eye on Leonard in LD5

The expected announcement today of Rep. Rob Andrews’ (D-1) retirement sparks the ascent to Congress of state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5), sources say.

That positions Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D-5) or Assemblyman Whip Wilson (D-5) for a move upward to secure the same Senate seat Norcross secured with the move to Camden mayor of former state Sen. Dana Redd (D-5).

A source close to South Jersey politics also mentioned the possible candidacy of Camden County Freeholder Ian Leonard, a member of the Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter wing.

Leonard could move up to the Assembly, or, on the strength of his labor ties and standing in the political family tree of former Speaker Joe Roberts (D-5), leapfrog into the Senate seat, two sources said.

Sources: Keep an eye on Leonard in LD5