“Declan was my running-mate when we first ran for the Assembly together in 2005” said Beck. “I had known him for years prior, but I learned during that hard fought campaign what a tireless worker he is and saw first hand his dedication to the residents of New Jersey”
“Declan showed that he is a leader early in his stint in the Assembly, being named Assembly Republican Budget Officer before the end of his second term. He commits himself to knowing all facets of a given policy before he makes a decision. There is no legislator that has been more focused on our looming budget issues or who has proposed more comprehensive solutions” Beck explained. “Assemblyman O’Scanlon stands tall above all other candidates for the State Senate and I look forward to having Declan join me in the upper house of the legislature”.
So far the only other announced candidate for the 13th district senate seat is Assemblywoman Amy Handlin.
For weeks Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger has been sitting on an “imminent” announcement of his candidacy to leapfrog O’Scanlon and Handlin and seek the senate nomination rather than assembly seat that will be vacated by either of the assembly members moving up. Scharfenberger has an issue with his job as the Director of the New Jersey Business Action Center- Office of Planning Advocacy which has prevented him from announcing.
Beck was one of the most prominent and vocal opponents of the the gas tax increase implemented last month. Her endorsement of O’Scanlon is a signal that the gas tax will not be the litmus test for the senate nomination that Handlin has been touting.
O’Scanlon thanked Beck for her support stating, “I am honored to have Jen’s endorsement and I think this speaks volumes to the support we are assembling. There are few elected officials that are more respected than Senator Beck. Residents here in Monmouth County know first hand how significant this endorsement is”.
Disclosure: Art Gallagher, publisher of MoreMonmouthMusings, is an adviser to Declan O’Scanlon