“Former New York Jets center Nick Mangold is considering running in the GOP primary to replace retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R).”
Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas: “I had a conversation with him. He’s intrigued by the idea. He has to think it over and talk with his wife. After an 11-year playing career and a college career, he’s enjoying being at home with his wife and kids. … He’s a different candidate. He gives different name ID.”
“Barlas said Mangold is a registered Republican who has voted in three of the last five primaries and six of the last seven general elections.” (Politico)
State Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R) “officially bowed out of the race on Wednesday.” She said “the amount of money required to run makes pursuing federal office prohibitive for nearly everyone.” Harding Councilman Nicolas Platt (R) “has also expressed an interest in seeking Frelinghuysen’s seat, along with” state Sen. Kristin Corrado (R).
Meanwhile, New Jersey Republican State Committee Vice Chairwoman Lynda Pagliughi was among those state Assemblyman Jay Webber (R) “along with a long list of current and former politicians.” (Morristown Daily Record)