Bucco won’t run for Congress, 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 […]

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A sign that Petillo isn’t running

One takeaway from last night’s Sussex County Lincoln Day dinner: Sussex Freeholder Sylvia Petillo will not seek the Republican nomination for Congress in the 11th district. Petillo, 67, a former Hopatcong Mayor, has been exploring a bid for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s House seat, but at a major event in her home county, she declined to make […]

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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 […]

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Blood resigns from Bucco campaign

Former Mendham Township Deputy Mayor Rick Blood has resigned from the Bucco for Congress exploratory committee. Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton), who is considering a bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district, says that Blood contacted him this morning and withdrew his name from the panel.  Bucco accepted Blood’s resignation. This […]

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Top Morris Dem says Bucco should fire Blood

The controversy over a local elected official referring to undocumented immigrants as raccoons has now become an issue in the 11th district congressional race. Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson said that Anthony Bucco should drop Rick Blood from his congressional exploratory committee. Bucco, an Assemblyman, had released Blood, the Republican Deputy Mayor of Mendham […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bucco has “down time” while others run

Two signs that Anthony Bucco is not running for Congress: the defection of Freeholder Heather Darling to Jay Webber; and that Bucco spent much of the weekend 225 miles away in Syracuse watching a college basketball game. “Time for a little down time,” Bucco posted on Facebook. Hard to imagine any down time five days […]

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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 […]

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Mastrangelo could run in 11th

Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo is interested in running for Rodney Frelinghuysen’s congressional seat, but seems conflicted over his loyalties to two other prospective candidates: Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce and Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco. If neither decides to enter the race, expect Mastrangelo to consider entering the 11th district Republican primary. Mastrangelo, a three-term freeholder, […]

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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 […]

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Don’t expect Bucco to run

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) is looking at the congressional seat Rodney Frelinghuysen will vacate after this year, but the #Me Too movement that has focused attention on sexual harassment and assault might make his timing unfortunate. While the five-term Assemblyman has never been accused of wrongdoing, insiders from both parties agree that his candidacy […]

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