The short list for Smith’s seat

I don’t give much credence to rumors that Rep. Chris Smith (R-Mercer) will retire from Congress this year.  But it’s reasonable to at least consider the possibility of retirement for any incumbent who has been in office for 38 years, but Smith is just 64 – that’s relatively young -- if he were a New Jersey State Senator, he'd be in the younger half of the caucus.  The idea that

Kyrillos leaving after 30 years

Joe Kyrillos will begin the next chapter of his life tomorrow after thirty years in the New Jersey Legislature -- and as one of the top vote-getters in Monmouth County history. In early 1987, I was serving as Executive Director of the Assembly Republican Majority campaign committee.  The GOP was looking for a candidate to hold a 13th district Assembly seat going into Gov. Tom Kean’s second mid-term election. Roger

Call it the Gottheimer Society

Two years ago, former Clinton White House speechwriter Josh Gottheimer mounted a successful challenge to seven-term GOP Rep. Scott Garrett. Now two members of the Barack Obama’s administration, Tom Malinowski and Andy Kim, are looking to take on Republican Congressmen. Malinowski, 52, served as Assistant U.S. Secretary of State from 2014 to 2017. He wants to take on Rep. Leonard Lance in the seventh district. The 35-year-old Kim was the