Here’s an exclusive from our friend Harry Hurley:
I received a text message from a prominent Republican. It read “Vince Mazzeo is out?”
I texted back … “That’s news to me. I just received an invitation to his upcoming Mazzeo Meatball Fundraiser within the past hour.”
I had not heard a whisper that Mazzeo was considering not running for Re-election.
So, I telephoned Assemblyman Mazzeo and we had a very polite and frank discussion.
Mazzeo advised me that there had been wide-spread speculation that he might run for Atlantic County Executive. He ruled that out as it is a full time job and he has Family-owned business to run.
On the issue of whether or not Mazzeo will run for re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly … Mazzeo told me right now the odds of him running are 50-50.
Mazzeo indicates that his fellow Assemblyman in District 2, John Armato will be seeking Re-Election.
The Democrats better hope that Mazzeo runs, again. He’s their biggest vote-getter. Without him in the race … the Republicans (especially with Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson on the ballot) have an excellent chance to win one or both seats.