Former Rep. Dick Zimmer, R-N.J., said Wednesday he has told Republican officials he is interested in seeking the GOP nomination for the seat held by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., the Home News Tribune reported.
Zimmer said Republicans have talked to him about entering the race if one of the three Republicans running dropped out.
“I’ve had folks calling me and asking me whether I’d be interested. I told them if the party wants me to run, I will,” said Zimmer.
There is growing speculation that Andrew Unanue, a former chief operating officer at Goya Foods Inc., is considering getting out of the race.
The other Republicans running are state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio and college professor Murray Sabrin.
Zimmer, a lawyer in Washington, represented the state’s 12th District from 1991-97 before his unsuccessful Senate bid in 1996.
Meanwhile, State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., a Republican, said Wednesday he was not interested in running for the seat, the Star-Ledger of Newark reported.
“I am committed to building a new governing majority that develops more solutions to make New Jersey more affordable as the Republican leader in the State Senate,” said Kean, who unsuccessfully challenged Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez in 2006.
This article appears in the April 12, 2008 edition of NJ Daily.