Bucco seriously considering House bid

Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) says he is giving careful consideration to a run for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 11th district, and that his final decision will come "sooner rather than later." Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen announced last week that he would retire after 24 years in the House, setting up a scramble for party and financial support in a fairly short window of time.   Sources say that Bucco,
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Ex-Jets player thinking about run for Congress

Former New York Jets center Nick Mangold is considering a bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 11th district, according to a source familiar with the potential candidacy. A group of Republican leaders approached the recently retired 34-year-old Chatham resident about seeking the seat of retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, and after a series of discussions, Mangold has agreed to think about it. Mangold could enter the race with
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Bucco releases huge group of supporters

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) has added 41 more supporters for his exploratory committee as he considers a bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district. Bucco’s list of supporters include Rockaway Borough Mayor Russell Greuter and Boonton Township Mayor Tom Donadio, and GOP municipal chairs Sharon Crooker (Boonton), Marilyn LaPlante Cioffi (Denville), Joe Falco (Madison),  and Joe Calvanelli (Morris Township) Also backing Bucco are local
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Bucco has “down time” while others run

Two signs that Anthony Bucco is not running for Congress: the defection of Freeholder Heather Darling to Jay Webber; and that Bucco spent much of the weekend 225 miles away in Syracuse watching a college basketball game. "Time for a little down time," Bucco posted on Facebook. Hard to imagine any down time five days after a twelve-term Republican congressman makes a surprise announcement that he's not seeking re-election to
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GOP field for Frelinghuysen seat

Today marks the one-week anniversary of Rodney Frelinghuysen’s decision to retire from Congress.  Republicans are trying to sort out the field – with new names still entering the mix – but most understand that there’s a point where this all begins to resemble a reality TV show. Some Republican insiders are privately expressing anger toward Frelinghuysen, who left his party with a very short runway between his announcement and the
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Mastrangelo could run in 11th

Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo is interested in running for Rodney Frelinghuysen's congressional seat, but seems conflicted over his loyalties to two other prospective candidates: Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce and Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco. If neither decides to enter the race, expect Mastrangelo to consider entering the 11th district Republican primary. Mastrangelo, a three-term freeholder, is looking to position himself for a State Assembly seat, if there is a vacancy
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Bucco raising money for Assembly

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) sent a clear signal today that he is not running for Congress: at 3:16 PM, he posted an invitation to a fundraiser for his 2019 Assembly re-election campaign on his Facebook page. Bucco had been considered as a possible candidate to replace Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) for the open 11th district seat. "I am starting my fundraising effort on February 21st with a cocktail reception
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Where the GOP stands in the race to replace Rodney

The center of the political universe in New Jersey right now is the alliance between Al Barlas and Peter Murphy, two North Jersey Republicans who will likely determine who runs for the open 11th district of retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. Barlas is the Essex County Republican Chairman; Murph used be county chairman in Passaic but controls the GOP executive from his perch as Totowa municipal chairman. Barlas and Murphy have
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Don’t expect Bucco to run

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) is looking at the congressional seat Rodney Frelinghuysen will vacate after this year, but the #Me Too movement that has focused attention on sexual harassment and assault might make his timing unfortunate. While the five-term Assemblyman has never been accused of wrongdoing, insiders from both parties agree that his candidacy would cause a rehashing of an old and very public sexual harassment scandal involving his
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Possible candidates for Frelinghuysen’s seat

It's not like people didn't see it coming -- Rodney Frelinghuysen is 71 and has ever faced a tough general election in 44 years of running for office.  So that fact that he has decided to retire after 24 years in Congress isn't shocking. Now Republicans need to scramble to find a successor in a district that has suddenly become more competitive and where the front runner for the Democratic