McKeon Won’t Challenge Frelinghuysen

The longtime assemblyman was being recruited by national Democrats.

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Ally Mutnick
Aug. 9, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

State Assemblyman John McKeon (D) “who had been wooed by House Democrats to take on” Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) “next year, has decided not to enter the race,” citing the possibility “he could play a major role in an all-Democratic state government.” Ex-Navy heli­copter pi­lot Mikie Sher­rill (D) and Pas­sa­ic County Free­hold­er John Bart­lett (D) are already in the race, as is a primary challenger at­tor­ney Mar­tin He­witt (R). (Newark Star-Ledger)

Another possible candidate: Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark (D). He “announced an exploratory committee” this week “and said that he would likely make a final decision whether or not to enter the congressional race around Thanksgiving of this year.” (New York Observer)

Democrats hope to oust Frelinghuysen in 2018. The northern New Jersey district just barely backed Donald Trump last cycle.


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