ORADELL – Oradell attorney Fernando Alonso expressed interest in running for a 38th Legislative District state Assembly seat in 2015 on Thursday, just over a year after the Republican narrowly lost his challenge of state Sen. Bob Gordon (D-38).
“People were asking me to run. If the Republican Party wants me to run, I would consider it,” Alonso, 57, a senior lecturer and the director of several programs for Hispanic students at Fairleigh Dickinson University, told PolitickerNJ.
Alonso lost by a close 52 percent to 48 percent margin to Gordon in 2013, with approximately 1,600 votes separating the two candidates. He reminded those prodding him to run that two other Republican candidates came even closer to winning in LD 38 in 2013.
“Joe Scarpa and Joan Fragala were very close, and they should be getting a chance to say if they want to run or not run,” said Alonso in reference to the two GOP Assembly candidates in LD 38 last year, who lost to Democrats Tim Eustace and Joe Lagana by less than a thousand votes. “In fact, I called both of them and said ‘You guys should run.’ They almost pulled it off.”
Then again, Alonso did not give up on the idea of running himself.
“If the party thought that [an Alonso candidacy] is the best thing for the party, I would definitely consider it,” Alonso said.