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Republican congressional candidate Hillery Brotschol. (Photo: Hillery Brotschol.)

Brotschol ends bid to take on Sherrill

Field of GOP candidates drops to six, but two more Republican still mulling NJ-11 bid

By David Wildstein, January 28 2022 2:29 pm

Screenwriter Hillery Brotschol has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district, exactly one year after becoming the first GOP candidate to announce a bid to unseat Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).

“It was an eye-opening experience,” Brotschol told the New Jersey Globe.  “I wish the candidates the best of luck.  I hope we can flip the seat.”

The 30-year-old first time candidate had raised $18,734 — $10,000 of that was her own money – and reported raising no money in the 4th quarter of 2021.   She has $9,740 cash-on-hand, enough to nearly pay back her personal loan.

Brotschol’s withdrawal leaves six candidates remaining in the fight for the GOP nod to take on Sherrill: Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen; former Kinnelon Council President Larry Casha; former assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot; Robert Kovic, a former Ridgefield Park councilman who now lives in Sussex County; attorney Larry Friscia; and U.S. Army veteran Toby Anderson.

Two other Republicans, both potentially major contenders, are still deciding if they will run: Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham) and Morris County Surrogate Heather Darling.  Neither has set a timetable for a final decision.

DeGroot prevailed in the first intramural battle of the 11th district race, winning the organization line in Passaic County on Thursday.

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