Toby Anderson, an Iraq War veteran and health care businessman, announced today that he will run as a Republican in New Jersey’s 11th congressional district, currently held by Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).
“New Jersey deserves representation that cares more about the needs of our families, and less about rigid partisan loyalty – we’re not getting that from Mikie Sherrill,” Anderson said in a statement. We need economic policies to control out-of-control inflation, immigration policies that secure our border and keep us safe, and education policies that empower parents ahead of government. I’m proud to have fought overseas for freedom, and I’m energized to do it now at home.”
Serving as Anderson’s political director will be Ciro Riccardi, an alum of the Glenn Youngkin gubernatorial campaign in Virginia.
Anderson joins a Republican primary with six other candidates: Morris County Commissioner Tayfun Selen, Morris County Republican State Committeeman Larry Casha, former Assistant Passaic County Prosecutor Paul DeGroot, former Ridgefield Park Councilman Robert Kovic, attorney Larry Friscia, and screenwriter Hillery Brotschol, none of whom has yet established themselves as a clear frontrunner.
Two other candidates formerly running in the 11th district, 2021 gubernatorial candidate Phil Rizzo and former Republican National Committee staffer Thomas Toomey, have left the race for other districts; Rizzo is now running in the 7th district against Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), and Toomey in the 6th district against Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch).
If Adnerson is able to win the Republican primary, he’ll face a tough opponent in Sherrill, who first flipped the open seat of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) in 2018. Sherrill had $4.6 million on-hand as of last October, and the 11th district was recently redrawn to strongly favor Democratic candidates; President Joe Biden won the district by nearly 17 points in 2020.