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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Myers meeting with NRCC today

Christine Myers, who joined the Trump administration two months ago as the Regional Advocate for the Small Business Administration, is meeting with a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) official today to discuss her potential candidacy for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district. Myers’ office in New York said only that she would be out of […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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, […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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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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 […]

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