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

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,

Pennacchio not running for Congress

State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville) says he will not be a candidate for Rodney Frelinghuysen's 11th district House seat. "After much thoughtful consideration I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for Congress. My constituents have recently re-elected me to the State Senate. I look forward to addressing and finishing some of the challenges which we have begun to address. Elimination of our the State cap on Property tax

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

Six things about Jay Webber

Six things to know about Jay Webber, who announced today that he would seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey's 11th district: 1. Webber grew up in Passaic County, played baseball at Johns Hopkins.  He was a Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist before going to Harvard Law, where he met his wife. 2. He worked on Rep. Bill Martini’s congressional staff and clerked for state Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero. 

Morris can trade with Essex

Speculation that Essex County Republicans will trade their influence over a congressional seat to get an Essex County person in the 26th Assembly seat is a little unrealistic.  If the Essex/Passaic alliance wants to play in the contest for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s seat, then they will – Al Barlas and Peter Murphy play chess, never checkers.  It’s not like they’re a bunch of cats chasing some shiny object. The problem with

Where the GOP stands in the race to replace Rodney

The center of the political universe in New Jersey right now is the alliance between Al Barlas and Peter Murphy, two North Jersey Republicans who will likely determine who runs for the open 11th district of retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. Barlas is the Essex County Republican Chairman; Murph used be county chairman in Passaic but controls the GOP executive from his perch as Totowa municipal chairman. Barlas and Murphy have

Jersey Joe for Congress?

Among the traditional names mentioned for Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen's open House seat, there is no clear front runner among the Republicans.  State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio wants to run -- he's wanted the seat since he self-funded a primary challenge to Rep. Dean Gallo in 1994.  Gallo won, and then dropped out for health reasons -- that's how Frelinghuysen got to Congress. Pennacchio made his way to the Morris County Board

Possible candidates for Frelinghuysen’s seat

It's not like people didn't see it coming -- Rodney Frelinghuysen is 71 and has ever faced a tough general election in 44 years of running for office.  So that fact that he has decided to retire after 24 years in Congress isn't shocking. Now Republicans need to scramble to find a successor in a district that has suddenly become more competitive and where the front runner for the Democratic