Wednesday, March 05, 2008

ESTABROOK NOT RUNNING reports that Anne Evans Estabrook is dropping out of the race for U. S. Senate for health reasons. She had suffered a mini-stroke on Monday.
This leaves State Sen. "Jersey Joe" Pennacchio and Prof. Murray Sabrin as the only declared names in the field, with Pennacchio the clear front-runner.
Pennacchio is a conservative and, like former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler, would probably find fierce opposition from the "moderate" establishment wing of the party. The name of Ambassador Clifford Sobel has been floated.
We wish Anne Estabrook a full and speedy recovery.

Monday, March 03, 2008


The Asbury Park Press reports that retired Superior Court Judge "Hollywood Al" Lehrer will not be a Democratic candidate for freeholder this year. Lehrer, a former county prosecutor, was most recently noted for lobbying the Board of Chosen Freeholders to reappoint curmudgeonly County Counsel Malcolm Carton.