Two Republican New Jersey legislators said Friday that they would not run for the U.S. Senate, leaving unclear who might challenge Democratic Sen. Cory Booker this year.
Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R., Union) said he "looked seriously" at running but did not want to leave his leadership post in the Legislature.
"I just did not think I could continue to be the Republican leader and run for Senate," Bramnick said. "I had to choose between those two."
Bramnick, a moderate, was widely considered among Republicans as their best chance to unseat Booker, who took office in November after defeating tea-party favorite Steve Lonegan in a special election to finish the term of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg.