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