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GOP businessman urged to seek House seat

By David Wildstein, February 01 2018 7:17 pm

A trucking company executive with close ties to former Gov. Chris Christie is being courted to run for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s congressional seat in New Jersey’s 11th district.

Jerry Langer, who served on Christie’s presidential campaign finance committee and on his gubernatorial transition team, has been mulling a bid for Congress since Frelinghuysen announced his retirement on Monday.

Former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore are among those who are pushing Langer to run, according to source with knowledge of Guadagno’s recent activities but not authorized to speak on the record.

Langer is a veteran fundraiser and could self-finance part of the campaign. His family contributed $50,000 to Christie’s various national PACs and campaigns.  He was also a major donor to Cory Booker’s two Senate campaigns, as well as Jim Florio and the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

Langer is the owner of Langer Transport Company in Jersey City.  He lives in Montville.

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