78% of NJ congressmen who lost had Longworth offices in first term
Rush Holt is 70 today, the 11th oldest of the nineteen living former Congressmen from New Jersey. The oldest is Cornelius Gallagher, who celebrated his 97th birthday last March. The Bayonne Democrat was first elected to Congress in 1958, making him the only living New Jerseyan to have served in the House while Dwight Eisenhower was still president. Gallagher lost his bid for an eighth term in the 1972 primary.
Six things to know about Jay Webber, who announced today that he would seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey's 11th district: 1. Webber grew up in Passaic County, played baseball at Johns Hopkins. He was a Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist before going to Harvard Law, where he met his wife. 2. He worked on Rep. Bill Martini’s congressional staff and clerked for state Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero.