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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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Harris slams Trump on stock market

Democratic congressional candidate Tamara Harris says that the record stock market declines under President Trump hurt New Jersey families and retirees. “Today’s sell-off brings the record losses for American investors, retirees and workers into a second straight week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the leading indicator of stock performance on the New York Stock Exchange, has lost more than four percent of its value in that short period of time,"
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Hugin enters race, sort of

Businessman Bob Hugin, who is expected  to enter the race for United States Senator, is among the four candidates to file letters of intent with the Bergen County Republican Organization -- meeting the February 1 filing deadline to compete for the organization line. Celgene announced Hugin's retirement from the pharmaceutical and bio-tech company last week, paving the way for his self-financed campaign against Democrat Bob Menendez.  He has already met
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Democrats rip Lance for Doherty invite

(This story has been updated to reflect comment from Rep. Lance) Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) is under fire from two of his Democratic opponents for inviting State Sen. Mike Doherty (R-Oxford) as his guest at the State of the Union address on Tuesday. In an interview with The Record’s Mike Kelly this week, Doherty doubled down on his anti-immigration policies that some New Jersey politicians have viewed as a little
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McCann praises Trump address

Republican congressional candidate John McCann went all in for President Trump tonight, saying that the president's State of the Union message "showed us how far we have come in just a short year and what it means to Make America Great Again. Making America Great means a strong economy, rebuilding the infrastructure, a fully funded military and affordable healthcare." McCann says that the first year of the Trump presidency included
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MacArthur echos Trump pitch for bi-partisanship

Rep. Tom MaArthur (R-Toms River) says that he supports President Trump's call for greater bi-partisanship on major issues. "I echo the President’s call for more bipartisanship on the big issues facing our nation. Republicans and Democrats must be willing to trust one another and compromise more in order to achieve results that the American people deserve," MacArthur said.  "Both parties have the same goal of wanting to improve the lives
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Poll: NJ voters don’t know Murphy, don’t like Trump

Gov. Phil Murphy, who is in his fifteenth day in office, has a 35%-21% approval rating, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released this morning. President Trump has upside-down approvals in New Jersey of 31%-60% -- not much different than where he’s been since last March. Murphy’s numbers mark an improvement in approvals for a New Jersey governor since Chris Christie left office two weeks ago, but those are
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Why Rodney decided to retire

People who know Rodney Frelinghuysen were not especially shocked by his decision to retire, even though he was at the zenith of his political career.  He always wanted to be a congressman, like his father.  But he didn’t want to go out a loser.  Those who watched him after losing a congressional primary in 1990 – I was one of them – know that this is a guy who hates
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Christie praises Hugin

Former Gov. Chris Christie took to Twitter today to praise his close ally, Bob Hugin, on his retirement from pharma giant Celgene.  Hugin is expected to enter the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination against incumbent Bob Menendez. It’s no surprise that Christie is praising him.  Hugin contributed $250,000 to Christie’s super PAC, $2,700 to Christie’s presidential campaign and $5,000 to the Leadership Matters for America PAC.  Christie’s best
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NRCC puts McCann on Young Guns list

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has added John McCann to their Young Guns program.  This is not an endorsement, and McCann’s challenger in the fifth district primary, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, was added to the Young Guns list last October. Both want to challenge freshman Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff).  Gottheimer unseated seven-term incumbent Scott Garrett in 2016 in a district that Donald Trump carried by one percentage