Former Assemblyman Vince Polistina has entered the race for the Republican State Senate nomination in the 2nd district, setting up a convention fight with former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian.
Polistina made his announcement on Harry Hurley’s “Hurley in the Morning” on WPG Talk Radio 95.5.
Polistina and Guardian want to succeed State Sen. Christopher Brown (R-Ventnor), who announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election to a second term in a district that is arguably the most politically competitive in the state.
Hurley said that Polistina has the backing of Sonny McCullough, a former mayor and state senator from his hometown of Egg Harbor Township, and from Hamilton Township Mayor Charles Cain.
“Polistina is Atlantic County’s most prodigious fundraiser, which is of paramount importance when going up against the vaunted Camden County money machine,” Hurley said.
The likely Democratic nominee will be Vince Mazzeo, a four-term assemblyman from Northfield.
The 49-year-old Polistina served in the Assembly from 2008 to 2012 and gave up his seat to challenge then-State Sen. James Whelan (D-Atlantic City) in 2007.
Guardian, 67, served as mayor of Atlantic City from 2014 to 2018. He lost his 2017 re-election bid.