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GOP Assemblyman Enters Race

A former Republican mayor is considering a bid.

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Ally Mutnick
Feb. 5, 2018, 10:37 a.m.

“A big-name Republican announced on Saturday that he would run for the congressional seat being vacated by retiring” Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R). State Assemblyman Jay Webber (R) “became the first Republican to enter the race following” the congressman’s announcement. “In an election year seen as a referendum on” President Trump, “Webber praised the president’s first year in office, promising to ‘continue the progress we’ve made in the last year toward reviving our economy, creating more and better paying jobs.’ … He also took aim at critics of the Trump administration, deciding not to ‘give in to the angry intimidation of the far left who seek to ‘resist’ every idea that comes from someone who doesn’t share their outlier extremism.’” (

And Sussex County Freeholder Deputy Director Sylvia Petillo (R) “confirmed on Sunday that she is exploring a congressional run in 2018. Petillo said she is “seriously testing the waters,” and is having preliminary conversations with officials in each of the four counties. … Petillo, 67, is in the second year of her first three-year term on the county freeholder board. She is the former mayor of Hopatcong (2008-2016) and was named ‘Mayor of the Year’ in 2014 by the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership.” (New Jersey Herald)


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