Several Republican sources tell National Review that state senator Joe Kyrillos, a leading ally of Governor Chris Christie, had privately decided to not run for in August’s Republican primary ahead of October’s special election for U.S. Senate.
Kyrillos, who last year was New Jersey’s Republican Senate nominee, is reportedly focused on his legislative work and his family, and isn’t eager to jump into an abbreviated race.
“He’s one of Jersey’s leading Republicans, but this campaign doesn’t make sense for him right now,” says a source close to the governor. “I bet he’ll run statewide again, but he won’t rush it.”
Kyrillos, however, is still a contender to be appointed to the seat for an interim period. Sources say Christie may decide to tap a “placeholder” Republican who will not run in the special election.
Kyrillos, who chaired Christie’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign, has been a fixture in Monmouth County politics since 1988, when he first ran for the state legislature. Before entering state politics, he was an adviser to several Reagan administration officials.
He’ll likely make a formal announcement later this week.