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Bucco seriously considering House bid

Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) says he is giving careful consideration to a run for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 11th district, and that his final decision will come "sooner rather than later." Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen announced last week that he would retire after 24 years in the House, setting up a scramble for party and financial support in a fairly short window of time.   Sources say that Bucco,
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Anti-Hugin protesters back at Celgene

As Celgene employees go home for the night, they'll see a large group of protesters bashing former CEO and likely U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin. This is the second time a group of activists stood outside the pharmaceutical giant's corporate headquarters in Summit taking aim at Hugin, Donald Trump, and the sometimes unpopular drug industry.  The protesters are handing out fliers detailing Hugin's contributions to Trump, former Gov. Chris Christie
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Mangold says no to House bid

Former New York Jets player Nick Mangold says he will not seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey's 11th district. "I am not running for Congress.  While it would be an amazing opportunity and honor to serve the people of New Jersey's District 11, I am not at a place where I could commit to that," Mangold said in a Twitter post.  "I like to investigate every opportunity
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Calabrese joins Assembly as youngest member

The scion of a legendary Bergen County political family, 31-year-old Clinton Calabrese (D-Cliffside Park) took the oath of office this afternoon as the newest and youngest member of the New Jersey State Assembly. Calabrese ran unopposed in a special election convention last week for the seat of Marlene Caride, who resigned after being named Commissioner of Banking and Insurance by Gov. Phil Murphy. A member of the Cliffside Park Board
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Webber Finance Committee includes Ferguson, other veteran fundraisers

Congressional candidate Jay Webber has announced the first members of his campaign finance committee, including former Rep. Michael Ferguson and Vincent Tufariello, a member of Chris Christie's national finance team during the 2016 presidential campaign. Webber, a five-term Assemblyman, will also have Thomas Healey, Sean Flanagan, Sean Griffith, John Tierney, Lisa LoBiondo, Michael Helmer and Steven Loeb helping him raise money in his bid for the 11th district seat being
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Cook Report: LoBiondo seat “Leans Democratic”

The Cook Political Report has moved Republican Frank LoBiondo's 2nd district House seat from Toss Up to Leans Democratic. LoBiondo is retiring after 24 years in Congress, and the leading candidate is State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat who regularly wins big numbers in Republican areas.   Republicans have been unable to recruit a top-tier candidate to replace LoBiondo. Van Drew, a slightly right-of-center Democrat, faces three primary challengers who
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Analyst: Menendez seat “likely Democratic”

A top independent analyst says that Bob Menendez remains favored to win re-election, but must still deal with the effects of the now-dismissed corruption charges that have affected his approval ratings. Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley of Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia said that “Menendez should benefit from the midterm political environment.” “If Hillary Clinton were president, we would view this race differently,” Kondik and Skelley wrote.
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Ex-Jets player thinking about run for Congress

Former New York Jets center Nick Mangold is considering a bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 11th district, according to a source familiar with the potential candidacy. A group of Republican leaders approached the recently retired 34-year-old Chatham resident about seeking the seat of retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, and after a series of discussions, Mangold has agreed to think about it. Mangold could enter the race with
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The Life and Times of Paul DiGaetano

There was a time back about a generation ago when Paul DiGaetano was a bright, rising star in New Jersey Republican politics.  He he was one of the most powerful politicians in the state.  Some Republicans openly fawned over the idea of a young, blue-collar, Catholic, Italian-American Republican running for statewide office.  He was likeable, popular, and incredibly ambitious. Jump ahead thirty years, and sadly for him, the only thing
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Scutari has cover to back Malinowski

Democratic insiders say that Lisa Mandelblatt's endorsement of rival Tom Malinowski  gives State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) some cover to push the Union organization line away from Linda Weber if he wins the special election for county chairman later this month. There had been some pressure on Democrats to back a woman challenger to Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) in the 7th district race, but there's more going on behind the