Langer won’t run for Congress

Trucking company executive Jerry Langer has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district. Langer had given serious consideration to entering the race since Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) announced his retirement in January.  He says ultimately the timing was not right for him and his family, considering the short runway of the primary campaign. His candidacy had been widely anticipated and he was expected

In the 11th, an entirely new race

The race for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s House seat took an incredible turn today with the surprise entrance of a black Republican hedge fund manager and Army Reserve JAG officer who is running as a political outsider with the endorsements of the Essex and Passaic Republican organizations. The announcement that Antony Ghee will seek the GOP nomination in the 11th district comes one day after Anthony Bucco’s endorsement of Jay Webber –

Bucco endorses Webber

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district and has endorsed Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) for the seat. “I’m confident that Jay can and will run the kind of campaign necessary to keep this seat in Republican hands, and ultimately, protect taxpayers from a liberal, big-government approach under Nancy Pelosi," Bucco said. “After thoughtful deliberation about politics and building a winning

Platt says a Trump conservative can’t win

A pro-Trump, hard-right conservative can’t win Rodney Frelinghuysen’s seat in Congress, says a potential Republican candidate for the 11th district House seat. Former Harding Mayor Nicolas Platt says that he is interested in joining the race to replace Frelinghuysen.  He says he’s convinced that if Republicans nominate a candidate who follows the Trump playbook, the seat will be a Democratic pickup. “The conservative wing of the Republican party continues to

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,

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

Langer still considering bid for Congress

Businessman Jerry Langer is moving toward a bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey's 11th district, but has not made a final decision. The trucking company executive and Republican fundraiser says he has received "great encouragement from people at the local and national levels," and is still discussing the possibility of joining the race with his family. "So far so good," Langer said.  "I am very excited

State GOP leader endorses Webber

Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) has won the endorsement of Republican State Committee Vice Chair Lynda Pagliughi in his campaign to replace Rodney Frelinghuysen in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pagliughi called Webber, a former GOP state chairman, “a great person.” Webber also added the backing of Brian Nelson, a former executive director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, former Passaic County Young Republican Chairman Kyle Folbrecht, and Westampton

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

GOP businessman urged to seek House seat

A trucking company executive with close ties to former Gov. Chris Christie is being courted to run for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s congressional seat in New Jersey’s 11th district. Jerry Langer, who served on Christie’s presidential campaign finance committee and on his gubernatorial transition team, has been mulling a bid for Congress since Frelinghuysen announced his retirement on Monday. Former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore are