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Former State Sen. Joe Kyrillos, right, with former Gov. Chris Christie.

Kyrillos not running for governor

Former senator will back Golden if he runs

By Nikita Biryukov, July 29 2019 2:44 pm

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Former State Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Middletown)  won’t run for Governor in 2021.

“I have ruled it out,” Kyrillos told the New Jersey Globe. “I’m not running for governor.”

Kyrillos left the State Senate last year after more than 30 years in the legislature, 26 of which were spent in the Senate.

He did not seek re-election in 2017.

But, while Kyrillos might be done seeking public office, he’s not done with politics.

The former Monmouth County legislator said he’d go to bat for County Sheriff Shaun Golden, a strong competitor for the Republican nomination to take on Gov. Phil Murphy, should the latter opt to run for the state’s governorship.

“If Shaun runs, he’s going to be a great candidate,” Kyrillos said. “He’d be a great leader for New Jersey, so I would do what I would need to do to help him succeed if he makes that decision.”

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