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Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe

Bramnick won’t back Weld for president

By Nikita Biryukov, January 31 2019 7:00 pm

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick won’t be backing former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020.

Bramnick has little love for President Donald Trump. He did not endorse him in 2016, and he told the Star Ledger’s Paul Mulshine in November that that was unlikely to change.

Still, it’s not likely that Trump will have many Republican rivals should he choose to run again in 2020.

Weld has been mulling a run at the presidency. He could mount a primary challenge to Trump, or he could run as a Libertarian. He was the Libertarian party’s vice-presidential candidate in 2016.

Should he choose to run as a Republican, Weld could end up being the lone alternative to Trump under the GOP banner.

But, asked whether he would support Weld in 2020, Bramnick laughed and said “No.”

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