BRANCHBURG – State Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) made no apologies for the role he played in 2016 as the State Director for the Presidential Campaign of Donald J. Trump.
“I’d do it again,” he proudly told a roomful of Republicans at this morning’s breakfast of Somerset County Federation of Republican Women.
Widely regarded as one of the most conservative members of the state senate, Doherty was the earliest elected official from Trenton to come out in support of Trump. State Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) later issued an endorsement for Trump.
InsiderNJ asked Doherty if he’s ruled out a Senate bid this year.
Long viewed as a potential statewide mantle-bearer for the conservative movement, he said now is not the time.
“Not this year,” said Doherty.
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21) (pictured below, with Republican diehard Janice Fields) and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) (pictured, above, with Doherty) are likewise said to be not in the mix for a crack at the senate seat, even as the establishment drum continues to beat for Celgene executive and self-funder Bob Hugin.