A top New Jersey Democrat remains hopeful that Dr. Mehmet Oz returns to his home in Cliffside Park and runs for office in New Jersey.
“Dr. Oz is fresh off of getting embarrassed in the Pennsylvania US Senate race and exposed a Trump-loving fraud. New Jersey Democrats would welcome a chance to beat Dr. Oz here as well and send him back to one of his other ten houses,” Saily Avelenda, the executive director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee told the New Jersey Globe. “But maybe he should leave the tequila and crudités in Pennsylvania — Jersey is more of a pizza and bagels kind of state.”
The next chance for Oz to run in New Jersey would be in 2024, when U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez is up for re-election. He could also take on Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), even though he lives just a two miles outside New Jersey’s 5th district.
A Monmouth University poll released yesterday shows that 68% of registered voters in New Jersey don’t think Oz should run for office in his home state. But Republicans, by a 51%-37% margin, are more interested in an Oz-for-Something campaign.
The television doctor moved to Pennsylvania in 2021 to seek an open U.S. Senate seat. He won the Republican primary by just 951 votes out of more than 1.3 million cast but lost the general election to Democrat John Fetterman by a 51%-46% margin.
Oz remain on New Jersey’ voter rolls, where he last voted in November 2020.
“It’s no surprise that Democrats on this side of the Delaware would be almost gleeful over the idea of running against Oz, but what would be surprising is if he is interested,” said Micah Rasmussen, the director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University.
New Jersey Republicans actively courted him to run for U.S. Senate against Menendez in 2006 and against Frank Lautenberg in 2008, but he declined.
It’s not clear if Oz could run for governor in 2025. The New Jersey State Constitution has a seven-year residency requirement and Oz left the state in 2021 and 2022.