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,
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Cook Report: LoBiondo seat “Leans Democratic”

The Cook Political Report has moved Republican Frank LoBiondo's 2nd district House seat from Toss Up to Leans Democratic. LoBiondo is retiring after 24 years in Congress, and the leading candidate is State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat who regularly wins big numbers in Republican areas.   Republicans have been unable to recruit a top-tier candidate to replace LoBiondo. Van Drew, a slightly right-of-center Democrat, faces three primary challengers who
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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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Platt exploring run for Frelinghuysen seat

Former Harding Mayor Nicolas Platt is actively exploring a run for the GOP nomination for Congress  in the 11th district, where Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is stepping down after 24 years in Washington.  Sources say that he will make his decision sooner rather than later. Platt, 62, now a township committeeman and a longtime Frelinghuysen ally, has worked in public relations and finance before retiring.  He sough the Republican nomination for
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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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Webber will seek House seat

Assemblyman Jay Webber will run for Rodney Frelinghuysen's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. A five-term legislator and former Republican State Chairman, Webber is the first major announced candidate in the competitive 11th district race.  The 42-year-old Morris Plains resident is a Harvard Law School graduate and father of seven.   He worked as an aide to Rep. Bill Martini (R-Clifton) in the 1990's. “The 2018 elections present our great
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How Rodney’s father got to Congress

It’s a revival of an old play that opened in 1952:  Congressman Charles Eaton (R-Watching) decided to retire and gave Republicans less than four months to find a candidate for his safe seat: all of Somerset and Morris, and northern Middlesex. Eaton had spent 28 years in the Congress, including a stint as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  He was getting older (83) and facing a primary challenge