State Assemblyman Jon Bramnick of Westfield quashed speculation that he would seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2014.
Bramnick, the Assembly minority leader, had been on a short list of state GOP leaders expected to challenge Sen. Cory Booker for the seat, which Booker won in a special election in November.
“After thoroughly considering the opportunity to run for United States Senate in 2014, I have decided to remain focused on my role as Assembly Republican Leader,” Bramnick said in a Jan. 17 statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Christie and the dedicated members of the Assembly Republican caucus to advocate for the hardworking taxpayers of our state.”
Bramnick is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Westfield.