EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - After yesterday’s surprise announcement from Congressman Rush Holt (Dem. NJ- 12th District) that he does not intend to seek re-election, the speculation has already begun as to who may run to fill the vacant seat. 

After speaking with a number of informed sources within both parties, it appears the consensus is that the jockeying for fundraising dollars will be limited, and that party leaders on both sides hope to avoid a free-for-all among potential candidates. One thing that most sources seemed to agree on is that the time may be right for a woman to return to serving the citizens of New Jersey in Congress.

With that as the backdrop, one person has already formally announced her intentions to be the first woman in Congress from New Jersey since Rep. Marge Hoekstra. State Senator Linda Greenstein (D-14th District) told numerous party officials and publications of her intentions to run for the vacated seat. Greenstein’s district includes Spotswood.

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According to other sources, as well as reports from the Newark Star-Ledger and NJ.com, among other Democratic names being mentioned as possible candidates are: Assemblyman Reed Gusicora of Trenton, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, Assemblyman Upendra Chivakula of Franklin Township, and State Senator Shirley Turner of Lawrence. 

The only Republican name is that of Former U.S. Senate Candidate Alieta Eck, who had already formally filed as a candidate to run for Holt’s seat prior to Holt’s announcement.