Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s (R) surprise retirement has created a void in the northern New Jersey district and several Republicans are considering bids to succeed him. State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R) confirmed she’s mulling a bid. She “her senate seat last year when she beat down Bergen County GOP Chair Paul DiGaetano in the Republican Primary, then ran over her general election opposition.”
“’If it’s not me I think it should be Al Barlas,’ she said, referring to the Republican Chairman of Esex County, who has impressed insiders once again with his gamesmanship in the face of a fairly politically mangled Morris County.” (InsiderNJ)
State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R) and state Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R) are among them. “John Van Wagner, the president of the Montclair Republicans Club, said a name he’s heard floated to run for the seat is” state Assemblyman Jay Webber (R) “from Morris Plains. Van Wagner called Webber a ‘major player’ in New Jersey GOP circles and he could raise a good deal of money.” Montclair Township Councilmember Bill Hurlock (R) also didn’t rule out a bid.
“One Republican not interested in taking a shot is Nutley Township Commissioner Steve Rogers, who serves as the New Jersey chairman for the Trump-Pence 2020 campaign.” (NorthJersey.com)