N.J. Rep. Franks To Run for Senate
GLEN ROCK, N.J. (AP) _ Congressman Bob Franks on Monday became the third Republican to enter the race for New Jersey’s open U.S. Senate seat.
Franks, 48, kicked off his campaign at the elementary school he attended, focusing a proposal to give districts more control of their schools and teach students ``character education.″
``Whether it’s cutting taxes or returning control of education to our local schools, I’m determined to take money, power and influence out of Washington and bring it back to communities and families,″ the four-term congressman told students waving tiny flags at the Clara E. Coleman school.
Franks said he was confident he would win the endorsement of Gov. Christie Whitman, who stunned Republicans in September by withdrawing as a candidate.
A spokesman for Whitman did not return a telephone call.
Essex County Executive James Treffinger and former Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Murray Sabrin also are seeking the Republican nomination.
Two Democrats, former Wall Street executive Jon Corzine and former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio, also are seeking the seat, being vacated by retiring Sen. Frank Lautenberg.