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Van Drew gets Forsythe’s old office

Legendary Dapper Dan Flood also occupied 331 Cannon

By David Wildstein, November 30 2018 10:35 pm

Rep.-elect Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) has been assigned an office that New Jersey’s Edwin B. Forsythe occupied in the 1970’s.

Van Drew will be in Room 331 of the Cannon House Office Building.

Forsythe, the bow-tie wearing former New Jersey Senate President, spent his first six years as a Congressman in the suite where Van Drew will work.  A Moorestown Republican, Forsythe was first elected to the House in 1970 after Rep. Bill Cahill was elected governor.

That part of the third floor of Cannon was a popular stop for New Jersey congressmen in the early days of their Washington days.  Rep. Bill Hughes (who held Van Drew’s seat from 1975 to 1995) was in 327, Jim Courter (and his chief of staff, Roger Bodman) was in 325, and Jim Saxton in 339. Forsythe must have liked the neighborhood: as a added more seniority, he moved to a larger office in room 303.

From the “if these walls could talk” category:  Cannon 331 was the office of the very colorful Daniel Flood, a longtime congressional powerhouse from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania with a talent for bringing public funds back to his district and his wallet.  

Van Drew picked #69 in the House freshman office lottery — a decent pick among the 101 new Members of Congress — but fourth among the new House members from New Jersey.  Rep.-elect Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) drew #2, Rep.elect Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) got #49, and #65 went to Rep,-elect Andy Kim (D-Marlton).

Many freshmen received better offices than in most years due to the large number of retirements and defeated incumbents.  EIght years ago, Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-Mississippi) drew #20 in the lottery (out of 85) and wound up in Cannon 331.

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