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Brian Glackin, a retired U.S. Navy Captain who ran the Navy Appropriations office on Capitol Hill, is actively exploring a run for Congress against freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) in New Jersey’s second district.
Glackin told the New Jersey Globe he plans to make a final decision right after Labor Day.
“I started looking at the race two months ago and have spoken to county chairmen,” Glackin said. “I’m very serious about it.”
A website for The Bob & Steve Show, a weekly political radio show in South Jersey, first reported Glackin’s interest in seeking the Republican nomination.
Glackin, 56, has had a house in Sea Isle City for the last twelve years.
“I grew up coming here,” noting that his grandfather was a tavern owner in South Philadelphia with a house in Sea Isle City and he spent part of his summers there as a child.
He says his ten years as a defense industry lobbyist would make him a formidable fundraiser if he decides to enter the race.
“I’ll raise enough to get people’s attention,” Glackin said, pledging to post impressive third quarter numbers if he does make the race.
Glackin spent 23 years in the Navy, much of it on aircraft carriers flying the EA-6B Prowler. Prior to his retirement, he was the Deputy Director of the Navy Appropriations Matters Office where he coordinated the Navy budget with members of Conrgess, according to his biography.
He is currently the Defense Practice Area Director for The Livingston Group, the Washington firm headed by former Rep. Robert Livingston (R-Louisiana). Glackin also served as a Legislative Fellow in the officer of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi), who was the senior Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Glackin told the Globe that he briefly mulled running last year following the retirement of twelve-term Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor), but that the timing wasn’t right for him.
Three Republicans have already announced their bids for the GOP nomination to challenge Van Drew, a longtime legislator who flipped LoBiondo’s House seat last year: David Richter, the former CEO of construction giant Hill International; former Atlantic County Young Republican Chairman Brian Fitzherbert; and Robert Patterson, a controversial former Trump administration appointee who ran against Rep. Donald Norcross in the neighboring 1st district in 2016.
Van Drew raised a massive $637,835 during the second quarter of 2019 and reported $545,633 cash-on-hand in his July Federal Election Commission report.