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State Sen. Michael Doherty.

Doherty won’t rule out 2021 gubernatorial run

By Nikita Biryukov, April 05 2018 5:58 pm

The first New Jersey Republican to endorse Donald Trump for president would not rule out a run for Governor in 2021.

State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Washington) on Thursday cited his recent reelection and said he had not yet thought about what the future might hold.

“I’m not thinking about it right now,” Doherty said. “I just got reelected to a four-year term.”

Doherty backed Trump at a time when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was still in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

A West Point graduate, Doherty served as a Warren County Freeholder and Assemblyman before winning a State Senate seat in 2009.  He moved up to the Senate following Leonard Lance’s election to Congress, defeating interim State Sen. Marcia Karrow in the Republican primary.

Doherty has been mentioned as a possible statewide candidate in the past, declining chances to run for Governor and U.S. Senator.


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