State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R) won’t run for retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s (R) seat. Pennacchio, “62, was considered one of the leading candidates for the seat, which Republicans have held for the last 34 years. He is a four-term State Senator representing parts of Morris, Essex and Passaic counties, and previously served as an Assemblyman and Morris County Freeholder. He also ran statewide, as a candidate for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination in 2008, and easily won Morris and Essex counties. He would have an extraordinarily formidable candidate in a Republican primary.” (Politics DW)
Frelinghuysen (R) announced his retirement this month. Republicans are scrambling to recruit a top challenger to take on ex-Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill (D).