Closter Mayor John Glidden has ended his bid to unseat Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in New Jersey’s 5th district.
“We don’t see a path to the nomination,” he said. “We just got in it too late.”
Glidden decided to seek the Republican nomination in late January, just before the filing deadline to compete for the Bergen County GOP organization line.
The cancellation of the Bergen GOP convention ended any hope Glidden had of heading into the June primary with the support of his home-county organization.
GOP county chairman Jack Zisa has still not decided if the organization line will go to the winner of the policy committee vote, former Cresskill councilman, John McCann, or hold an primary.
Montvale Mayor Michael Ghassali has stopped actively campaigning for the GOP nomination. He no longer has a staff and has ceased spending money.
Ghassali has spent the money he has raised and has decided not to tap the $600,000 he personally contributed to his campaign.
From what was once a field of eight, the contests appears to have come down to McCann, who lost to Gottheimer two years ago, and Frank Pallotta, an investment banker who has the organization line in Passaic and the endorsements of all five Sussex freeholders.
The 72-year-old Glidden was an Air Force command pilot in the Vietnam War and served as a councilman for ten years before becoming mayor in 2014.
“It was short-lived, but we took a shot at it,” Glidden said.