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State Sen. Kristin Corrado. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Corrado rules out 2022 congressional run

By Joey Fox, December 16 2021 11:29 am

Though the Republican primary to take on Rep. Mikie Sherrill (R-Montclair) in the 11th congressional district is currently crowded and unsettled, one prominent name has taken herself out of the running: State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa).

“No,” Corrado said when asked about the possibility of campaigning for Congress. “I would never want to go there. I’m happy with where I am.”

When former Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) announced his retirement in 2018, both Corrado and then-Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) were floated as possible replacements, but both declined to run. Republicans instead chose as their standard-bearer Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains), who went on to lose to Sherrill.

Republicans are eager to try and beat Sherrill next year, but have yet to winnow their field of eight candidates, none of whom has yet shown overwhelming fundraising or campaigning prowess. Redistricting may also reshuffle the contest, with Sherrill potentially given a more Democratic district.

Rev. Phil Rizzo, a pastor and real estate developer who sought the Republican nomination for governor this year, joined the race in December.  Also in: Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen, Republican State Committeeman Larry Casha, former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot, ex-RNC staffer Tom Toomey, screenwriter Hillery Brotschol, realtor Patrick Quinn, and former Ridgefield Borough Councilman Robert Kovic.

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