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House candidate Rosemary Becchi.

Ex-Senate staffer is possible Malinowski challenger

Becchi heads NJ non-profit

By Nikita Biryukov, December 12 2018 4:49 pm

The path for Republicans to retake control of the House might well wend its way through New Jersey.

Republicans lost four seats here in 2018, and while early race ratings have congressional districts like the seventh leaning towards their soon-to-be Democratic incumbents, it’s not impossible that those seats will flip come 2020.

Sources familiar with the seventh district who spoke on the condition of anonymity said pointed to Rosemary Becchi, a tax attorney and former U.S. Senate Finance Committee staffer that now heads Jersey First, a 501(c)4 group that advocates for center-right economic policy positions, as a possible challenger to Rep.-elect Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill)

Becchi herself declined to comment on those rumors, which isn’t altogether surprising considering Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) still represents the district and will continue to do so for 22 days.

“I’m 100% focused on Jersey First right now and fighting for the lower taxes and less spending in New jersey, and that’s 100% where my efforts are right now,” Becchi told the New Jersey Globe. “I’m absolutely flattered that my name is kicked around, but I will tell you that I am entirely focused on developing some good policy that will hopefully aid some of our candidates in the future and help some of our current members in the Assembly and the Senate.”

Becchi lives in Short Hills.

State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean is currently the front-runner on a growing list of Malinowski’s rumored challengers. He did not rule out a congressional run when asked about the possibility last month.

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