Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers says he won’t challenge Cory Booker in the 2020 race for U.S. Senate, saying he wants to spend his time helping President Donald Trump win re-election.
“I have ruled out running for any political office because I’ll be working for Donald Trump,” said Rogers, a candidate for the 2017 Republican nomination for governor. “I’ll devote all my efforts to the President of the United States of America.
He had previously announced that he would not seek re-election to a third term as a Nutley commissioner.
Rogers says that he will help Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt recruit a Republican to run against Booker.
It’s time for a new name, a new face,” Rogers told the New Jersey Globe.
Rogers, who served as a Navy Reserves intelligence officer and was recalled to active duty after 9/11, says he would like to see the GOP pick a man or women who served in the military.
He says Antony Ghee, a Navy JAG officer who sought the Republican nomination for Congress in the 11th district earlier this year, should consider running.
“I would really look at him as a viable candidate against Booker,” Rogers said, calling him likable and “Main Street USA.”
Rogers said that Republicans should not give up on the Senate race, despite Booker’s popularity among New Jerseyans. He cited Trump’s 2016 election as an example of a candidate winning a race that pundits deemed impossible.
So far, no Republicans have stepped up to take on Booker. Gov. Murphy signed a law earlier this month that will allow Booker to run simultaneously for president or vice president and re-election to the U.S. Senate.
The most important thing in 2020, Rogers says, is to help Trump get a second term.
“The President needs unity,” Rogers said.