New Jerseys 20 Living ex-Congressmen

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.

Pringle raised just $60k in short-lived House bid

David Pringle, who had been a powerful force in state politics as the longtime head of the New Jersey Environmental Federation, raised just $60,134 in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Conrgess in New Jersey’s 7th district. Pringle ended his campaign last month after losing endorsement contests in all six counties.  His fundraising came in substantially less than what he had told Democratic leaders he raised.  He spent all

The Life and Times of Paul DiGaetano

There was a time back about a generation ago when Paul DiGaetano was a bright, rising star in New Jersey Republican politics.  He he was one of the most powerful politicians in the state.  Some Republicans openly fawned over the idea of a young, blue-collar, Catholic, Italian-American Republican running for statewide office.  He was likeable, popular, and incredibly ambitious. Jump ahead thirty years, and sadly for him, the only thing