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State Sen. Steve Oroho. (Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Oroho won’t rule out gubernatorial run

Sussex Senator says statewide bid ‘unlikely’

By Nikita Biryukov, May 02 2018 12:10 am

State Sen. Steve Oroho (R-Franklin) won’t rule out running for governor, even if he said such a run was extremely unlikely.

“I have no plans to run for governor,” Oroho said Tuesday. “I haven’t ruled it out. I haven’t ruled anything out, but it’s highly, highly, highly unlikely.”

The four-term state senator represents the squarely-Republican 24th district, which he has easily won since his first run in 2007.  He easily won a hotly contested primary with Assemblyman Guy Gregg when longtime State Sen. Robert Littell retired.

His voting record has won him accolades from right-leaning groups, including a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union, and his frequent opposition of Democratic initiatives, largely those related to social policies, could make him a strong contender in a Republican primary.

The campaign for the GOP gubernatorial nomination got an early jump this week when State Sen. Samuel Thompson (R-Old Bridge) said he wants Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) to run in three years.

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