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Republican Kate Whitman of Peapack-Gladstone officially announces her candidacy for 7th District Congress during a press conference at the Peapack-Gladstone Municipal Building on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Photo by W. Jacob Perry

Whitman passes on run for Congress

By David Wildstein, February 15 2018 2:08 pm

Kate Whitman has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district, as the field for retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s seat continues to narrow.

Whitman, a former congressional aide who ran for Congress a decade ago, had explored running in the weeks following Frelinghuysen’s retirement announcement.  The daughter of a former governor, she is still considered a  potential candidate in the future.

Insiders say that Whitman’s exit clears a path for former Harding Mayor Nicolas Platt, a moderate who is also mulling a congressional bid, to enter the race.  Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) is already in the race; Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) and trucking company executive Jerry Langer are also exploring their options.

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