Protests, Super PAC Suggest Frelinghuysen Could Face Serious Challenge

He normally coasts to reelection.

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Colin Diersing
March 9, 2017, 10:42 a.m.

Rep. Rod­ney Frel­inghuysen (R-NJ) “has nev­er had a hard time get­ting re-elec­ted. The 22-year in­cum­bent rep­res­ents a dis­trict so safe that Mi­chael Moore in 2000 tried to run a ficus tree against him to high­light the lack of com­pet­i­tion. … But Frel­inghuysen’s streak of ef­fort­less elec­tions may come to an end in 2018, just as he’s at the height of his power as chair­man of the House Ap­pro­pri­ations Com­mit­tee.”

“Anti-Trump act­iv­ists have in­cess­antly called on Frel­inghuysen to hold a town hall .. He’s re­fused. And now, NJ 11th for Change has a su­per PAC, foun­ded last month by Google ex­ec­ut­ive Jonath­an Bel­lack and loc­al bank ex­ec­ut­ive Saily Avel­enda. … Don­ald Trump won Frel­inghuysen’s dis­trict last year, but barely — and by a sig­ni­fic­antly smal­ler mar­gin than Mitt Rom­ney won it in 2012.” (Politico)


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