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Assemblyman Erik Peterson.

Peterson to decide on House bid in January

Assemblyman may challenge Malinowski

By Nikita Biryukov, December 09 2019 4:10 pm

Assemblyman Erik Peterson intends to decide whether he’ll run for Rep. Tom Malinowski’s seat by early January.

“I’ve been making phone calls to people I trust to get their opinion, and people have been approaching me,” he said. “I just need to sit down and talk with them, and over the next few weeks I should have the time to be able to do that.”

Peterson has long refused to rule out a bid in the seventh district. Should he decide to seek the seat, he’ll face Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean and former U.S. Senate staffer Rosemary Becchi in the primary.

While few endorsements have been formally made, the counties Republican chairmen have all but aligned behind Kean, and the senator last week won endorsements from the countywide officials in Hunterdon.

Still, Peterson said he’s being told he is the best candidate to take on Malinowski.

“A lot of people are pushing me to run from all over my legislative district, and I think people would be surprised who some of those folks are that are pushing me to run,” Peterson said. They think that I’m the only person who can beat Malinowski, so they’re encouraging me to run.”

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