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State Sen. Michael Doherty doesn’t have a strong preference on who should replace Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean as caucus leader should Kean’s 2020 House bid prove successful.
“I think we have a lot of folks who would be excellent picks,” Doherty said. “Certainly any of my colleagues I’d have confidence in leading our caucus.”
Doherty praised State Sen. Gerald Cardinale when asked specifically about the eldest sitting New Jersey Republican state senator, though he said it was too early for him to name even a shortlist of senators he’d like to see get the leadership position if Kean leaves the legislature.
“I think he’d be great,” Doherty said. “I think he’s a good conservative voice. That doesn’t mean that I’m not considering anybody else, but he’s got a good message. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s been consistent. He’s tried and true to principles I agree with. He’s been a good friend and fought for a lot of issues with me, like school funding fairness.”