Matt Mowers, a former Trump State Department official and aide to Gov. Chris Christie, will seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Hampshire against freshman Rep. Chris Pappas (D-Manchester).
Mowers has not filed with the Federal Election Commission, but his campaign website is now live.
The Bergen County native moved to New Hampshire after Christie’s 2013 re-election to become the executive director of the state Republican party. He later ran Christie’s New Hampshire primary campaign,
He later joined the 2016 Trump campaign as National Field Coordinator & Battleground States Director.
Mowers served at the U.S. Department of State as a senior White House advisor and as chief of staff and chief policy officer in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.
He began his political career as a teenager working for State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest). He worked on Christie’s staff in the governor’s office of intergovernmental affairs.
Pappas is the incumbent in New Hampshire’s 1st district. He won an open seat by a 54%-45% margin in 2018 following the retirement of Rep. Carol Shea Porter.
Trump won the district by a 48%-46% margin in 2016.
Other potential GOP candidates against Pappas are former Dover city councilor Matt Mayberry, and retired police chief Eddie Edwards, who lost to Pappas last year.
Edwards won the Republican primary in 2018 against the favorite, State Sen. Andy Sanborn.
Mowers is the second New Jerseyan this month to run for office in the Granite State.
Rick Merkt, a former six-term assemblyman from Morris County, is running for New Hampshire State Representative.