Pascrell, Sires, Payne likely to get subcommittee chairs

Three New Jersey Democrats are expected to assume key subcommittee chairmanships when the 116th Congress convenes in January. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) is in line to be chairman of the House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee. Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) will likely become the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) is appears poised to chair the House

PBA endorses Van Drew

The New Jersey State PBA has endorsed Democrat Jeff Van Drew for Congress in New Jersey's 2nd district. Van Drew, a longtime state senator, faces Republican Seth Grossman, a former Atlantic County freeholder, in a race for the open seat of retiring Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor). "The choice before voters in the 2nd Congressional District is clear. Jeff Van Drew is a bipartisan leader who is passionately committed to the

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.