The Democrats’ top prospective candidate to challenge House Appropriations Committee chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Morristown), veteran state Assemblyman John McKeon, said yesterday that he will not run for Congress next year, but a local Democratic elected official may be willing to make the race. Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark filed a congressional exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission in anticipation of launching an official candidacy. Mr. Frelinghuysen was first elected in 1994 and became Appropriations chair in January. He has not been seriously challenged for re-election, but his district is becoming more competitive (Trump: 49-48%). Therefore, this developing campaign is worth watching.
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