State Sen. Steve Oroho (R-Franklin) will not endorse anyone seeking to be the Republican candidate for the 11th congressional district, the four-term state senator said Tuesday.
“I’ve stayed out of that right now,” Oroho said of the race. “I don’t plan on making any public endorsement in that one.”
Oroho lives in the fifth congressional district has endorsed former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan for Congress there, but his legislative district spans portions of the 5th, 7th and 11th congressional districts.
The 5th district is home to a nasty and divisive primary between Lonegan and former Cresskill councilman John McCann that has already seen much mudslinging and shows no indication of turning civil.
In the seventh, Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) is preparing to defend his seat from whichever Democratic challenger makes it through June’s primary.
In contrast, the 11th district boasts a wide field of contenders on both sides vying for retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s seat. Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains), self-funder Peter DeNeufville and Bank of America executive Antony Ghee lead the Republican field with Patrick Allocco, a former Kean administration official, and attorney Martin Hewitt bringing up the rear.