State Sen. Samuel Thompson (R-Old Bridge) said that he has yet to decide if he will run for re-election in 2021, but he views such a run favorably.
“When it comes, I’ll make my decision,” said Thompson, who is 82 years old. “Right now, I’m inclined to, but we’ll see how it is at that time.”
Thompson is one of New Jersey’s four octogenarian senators. The others are Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) and Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton). The latter two said recently that they will consider running again in 2021,
Redistricting could affect Thompson’s decision. Seven years ago he was the surprise winner in legislative redistricting, finding himself as an Assemblyman in a safe Republican district with no incumbent Senator.
Last year, Thompson faced a primary challenge from a hometown rival, former Middlesex County Freeholder Arthur Haney, who had the organization line in Burlington County. Thompson beat Haney with 60% of the vote.