Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan), who came within 8 votes of capturing a State Senate seat on Tuesday evening, says he hasn’t decided if he will challenge State Sen.-elect Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) in the June Republican primary.
“As for future plans, I have made no decisions and all options remain open,” Auth said. “When appropriate, I will make an announcement about next steps.”
Schepisi, a five-term assemblywoman, defeated Auth by a 111-103 vote in a special election to replace Gerald Cardinale in the State Senate.
Cardinale died on February 20 at age 86 after nearly 40 years in the State Senate.
Auth told the New Jersey Globe that he is going to take a few days to process yesterday’s election.
He has the option of challenging Schepisi in the Senate primary or seeking re-election to his 39th district State Assembly seat.
Auth could also focus his energies on an upcoming special election convention for Schepisi’s Assembly seat, where he had been advocating for Upper Saddle River Councilwoman DeAnne DeFuccio’s candidacy for the legislature.
“To all my supporters and fellow county committee members who voted for me yesterday – thank you. This was a fast and hard-fought campaign, and we came very close to victory – only 8 votes,” Auth said. “I say to all future candidates; never give up the fight for truth and honesty in politics because that will serve the interests of the people. Not personal interests.”