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State Sen. Declan O'Scanlon (R-Little Silver). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

O’Scanlon won’t rule out run for governor

Senator says his candidacy might not be necessary

By Nikita Biryukov, January 27 2020 12:14 pm

State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon declined to rule out a run for governor Monday, though he indicated he might be satisfied with the Republicans likely to seek the party’s nomination.

“I’m not ruling it out, but I’m not seeing my presence as being essential to us finding a great candidate,” he said.

Former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, the first candidate to formally announce his campaign against Gov. Phil Murphy, did so last week.

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick and Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden, the county’s sheriff, are considering bids.

O’Scanlon spoke highly of those four, though he still declined to rule out a run of his own.

“I am still firmly undecided. It’s flattering and it’s nice, but what I would say is we’ve got a great bench of people,” O’Scanlon said. “All of the people on there, the very short list, are fantastic and would be great candidates.”

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