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 […]

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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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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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Webber Finance Committee includes Ferguson, other veteran fundraisers

Congressional candidate Jay Webber has announced the first members of his campaign finance committee, including former Rep. Michael Ferguson and Vincent Tufariello, a member of Chris Christie’s national finance team during the 2016 presidential campaign. Webber, a five-term Assemblyman, will also have Thomas Healey, Sean Flanagan, Sean Griffith, John Tierney, Lisa LoBiondo, Michael Helmer and […]

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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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Some suggest age is a factor for Petillo

The potential candidacy of Sussex County Freeholder Sylvia Petillo for Congress in the 11th district is sparking an interesting conversation among some Republican insiders: is her age – 67 – a disqualifying factor in considering her potential candidacy. Petillo spoke recently with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), a conversation that reportedly focused on her […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Webber announces first wave of endorsements

Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) has announced a list of 45 local endorsements in his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district. Webber’s list includes the Republican municipal chairs of Parsippany Butler, Lincoln Park, and Morris Plains, as well as Sussex County Surrogate Gary Chiusano, former Assemblyman and Morris County […]

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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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