Rep. Andrews wife Camille Andrews (D) said 4/8 she's "somewhere between being a straw candidate and a real one." Andrews: "I am absolutely ready, willing, and would be very honored to serve, but I also understand there are a number of candidates who are very interested" in running. She said she supported a "fair process" so every potential candidate has an "opportunity that is meaningful" to present their case to Dem leaders (Burton, Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/9).
Andrews said the idea to run "only came up" after her husband announced 4/2 that he would challenge Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D). Andrews: "I'm really excited about it. It's definitely a new role for me."
But she also said, if asked by Dem leaders to "step aside in favor of a better-known candidate, she would." Andrews: "I know there are a lot of people who are interested in this seat. I would love it if, at the end of the day, everyone supports me" (Schwaneberg/Margolin, Newark Star-Ledger, 4/9). Among the Dems "under consideration" include Assemb. John Burzichelli (D) and Assemb. Lou Greenwald (D). NJ election law says a party "can fill the vacancy" of a primary nominee up until 9/17 (Pearsall, Cherry Hill Courier-Post, 4/9).
If she does run, Andrews said her campaign will be "about the issues." Andrews: "I do believe strongly that we should get out of Iraq." She and her husband "have undergone the same evolution" on the war, from "supporting" it to "opposing prolonged U.S. involvement." Andrews: "I sort of thought of it more like World War II; if there's atrocities in the world, we should step in. It's absolutely clear that once it became a civil war, you just can't help" (Newark Star-Ledger, 4/9).
This article appears in the April 9, 2008 edition of House Race Hotline.