Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo isn’t ruling out a bid in the second congressional district.
“Ultimately, in the game of politics, you try to get the best candidate to run in that position, and I’m going into my fourth term as an assemblyman, 17 years in public office,” he said. “Would I take a shot? I wouldn’t rule it out.”
The Democratic field in the second has ballooned since Saturday, when news of Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s impending defection to the Republican party broke.
The New Jersey Globe reported Van Drew’s chief of staff had begun informing members of his campaign and congressional staffs that he intended to join the Republican party.
Political Science Professor Brigid Harrison and West Cape May Commissioner John Francis III have bids for the Democratic nod there, and Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett and Cumberland County Freeholder Jack Surrency are considering seeking the seat.
Assemblyman Bruce Land also declined to rule out a run, though he said he is not actively considering seeking the seat held by his former running mate.
“I’m certainly disappointed in what happened,” Mazzeo said of Van Drew’s defection. “We certainly had Jeff Van Drew there, thought he was going to run for re-election for the party, so it’s disappointing.”