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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
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Bucco releases huge group of supporters

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) has added 41 more supporters for his exploratory committee as he considers a bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district. Bucco’s list of supporters include Rockaway Borough Mayor Russell Greuter and Boonton Township Mayor Tom Donadio, and GOP municipal chairs Sharon Crooker (Boonton), Marilyn LaPlante Cioffi (Denville), Joe Falco (Madison),  and Joe Calvanelli (Morris Township) Also backing Bucco are local
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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
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The two Web(b)ers

What happens if Jay Webber is the Republican candidate for Congress in the 11th district, and Democrats nominate Linda Weber as their congressional candidate in the adjoining 7th district?  That will be an interesting challenge for candidates, political parties and political action committees in competitive general election contests that could help determine control of the U.S. House of Representatives. The two districts share a nearly identical media market. Will Democrats
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Montclair councilman considering House bid

William Hurlock, a two-term councilman from Montclair, is giving strong consideration to a bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district. His potential candidacy will create some interest, since he’s been able to win local elections in Montclair, one of the most Democratic suburban towns in the state.  Hurlock defeated incumbent Rich Murnick by a 57%-43% margin in 2012 and ran unopposed for re-election in 2016.
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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
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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
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Pennacchio starts to separate himself from his manifesto

About to enter the race for Congress, State Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville) is already beginning to inoculate himself from attacks on a controversial manifesto he authored that can easily be interpreted as anti-Israel. Pennacchio introduced a Senate resolution yesterday that praises President Trump’s plan to move to U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. In 1991, Pennacchio self-published The Nationalist Agenda, a Blueprint for the 21st Century, a blue print of
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What if GOP ran a Muslim for Congress?

Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has positioned himself as one of the most powerful people in the race to succeed Rodney Frelinghuysen in Congress.  His alliance with Passaic County’s Peter Murphy means that the road to the Republican nomination runs through the two counties.  That means in lineless Morris, where the field of prospective congressional candidates seems to be growing, the support of the Barlas/Murphy block could be critical. Some insiders
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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