Levine challenging Smith for LD 17 Senate seat

An unsuccessful GOP candidate for governor in 2009, veteran Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levine is running for the state Senate against state Sen. Bob Smith, (D-17), Piscataway.

“I have filed my paperwork and I am running,” Levine told PolitickerNJ.com.

He is pursuing the Republican nomination and plans a formal kickoff Monday morning at the Somerset Diner.

”I think I’ve done real well for Franklin,” The Republican mayor said. “I have Republican and Democratic support. On the state level I want to push my environmental record and work on new business laws. I have served as mayor for nine years and I have served with integrity. I am a person you can be proud of in the state Senate. I want to be the people’s senator, just as I have been the people’s mayor.”

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie