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Former Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter

Ex-Rudy Giuliani press secretary might run for Congress against Mikie Sherrill

Curt Ritter, a former Chatham Township Mayor, is considering a run in NJ-11

By David Wildstein, September 27 2019 10:07 am

Former Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter is mulling a challenge to freshman Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in New Jersey’s 11th district next year, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

Several sources have confirmed that Ritter, a former press secretary to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, has discussed a possible congressional run with some Republican activists.

Ritter would not confirm his interest taking on Sherrill, but also did not rule it out.

“I’ve enjoyed my public service here in Chatham Township,” Ritter said.  “I would love to continue my public service in some capacity in the future.”

The 48-year-old Ritter is not seeking re-election to the Township Committee this year after two terms.  He served three of his six years as mayor.

So far, Republicans have been unable to recruit a candidate to take on Sherrill, who flipped a House seat that Republicans had held for 34 years in the 2018 mid-term elections.  She won by 47,362 votes, a 57%-42% margin.

Morris County Sheriff James Gannon has already said he will not run for Congress in 2020.

At a book signing in February, former Gov. Chis Christie touted his wife, Mary Pat, as a potential challenger to Sherrill.  Christie has not mentioned that since.

Newcomer Reinier Prijten had entered the race against Sherrill earlier this year but dropped out in May after a disastrous campaign roll-out.

Patrick Allocco, a former aide to Gov. Tom Kean, is also considering a run against Sherrill.  He unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination last year.

Sherrill raised over $1.1 million during her first six months in Congress.

A former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, Sherrill announced she was running against House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) in early 2017.

It was Sherrill’s early fundraising successes – she raised more than $1.2 million by the end of 2017 and nearly $8.5 million overall – that frightened Frelinghuysen into retirement.

In Chatham Township, Ritter’s hometown, Sherrill won with 58% of the vote.  Frelinghuysen carried Chatham Township with 66% two years earlier.

Hillary Clinton carried Chatham Township by a 53%-47% margin in 2016.  Ritter, seeking re-election to a second term on the Township Committee, ran 910 votes ahead of Donald Trump.

Ritter is currently the senior vice president and head of corporate communications for the Church Pension Group, a financial services group that services the Episcopal Church.  He worked for Giuliani from 1997 to 2001.

“My focus after my term expires at this point is to spend more time with my family and to focus on supporting my alma mater Delbarton, as well as the two Walks I organize each year: the Out of the Darkness Walk to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which has raised more than $300,000 over the past four years and The Chatham Turkey Trot to support our local fire department and diabetes research and education, which has raised more than $150,000 over the last ten years,” Ritter told the Globe.

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4 thoughts on “Ex-Rudy Giuliani press secretary might run for Congress against Mikie Sherrill

  1. Curt Ritter is the clear choice for the Republicans of NJ-11. I fully support his run for the U.S. Congress! I look forward to Mr. Ritter being named the Republican opponent to our wonderful Congresswoman, Mikie Sherrill.

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