New Jersey GOP Rep. Frelinghuysen Will Retire, Opens Swing District

WASHINGTON DC- JUNE 21 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen questions OMB Director Mick Mulvaney about his budget during a Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing on the budget for the Office of Management and Budget the House Commit

Frelinghuysen, 71, had urged the Trump administration to support the effort created to ease rail traffic connecting Northern New Jersey to Manhattan, describing it as "the most important infrastructure project in the country" in a letter to the Federal Transit Administration earlier this month. "In my remaining year as chairman, I am determined to finish the FY18 bills and pass our FY19 bills through regular order".

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, D, carried the district in his landslide 2017 election; three towns that had voted reliably Republican since 1981 also backed Murphy, as Democrats broke the Republican lock on some local offices. According to the UVA Center for Politics Crystal Ball, New Jersey's 11th Congressional District has now moved to a toss-up.

Frelinghuysen voted for the House GOP bill to repeal and replace the health care law previous year and received heavy backlash from activists in his district for supporting the plan, even though the GOP ultimately never turned the legislation into law.

First elected to Congress in 1994, Frelinghuysen became chairman of the House Appropriations Committee past year, a powerful perch that gives him significant sway over where the federal government spends its money.

Shortly after current chair Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen announced on Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2018, Simpson issued a statement indicating that he would consider the chairman position. "Public service is an incredible way to turn your convictions into something that serves the greater good and to do it alongside people from every walk of life and background". That led to GOP leaders reportedly considering replacing him atop the Appropriations Committee.

"I feel a whole lot more independent as House Financial Services chairman that I ever felt as conference chair", Hensarling said.

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"Every member, Republican and Democrat, will continue to have ample opportunity to directly impact the congressional power of the purse and decide the best and highest use of limited taxpayer money", he said. My years in public service have allowed me to represent my home county of Morris for over 40 years, and also Essex, Passaic, Sussex Counties, and earlier on, Somerset! This will require - and I will happily devote - all my energies to this task.

Republicans are optimistic about holding on to the 11th District, which has long backed Republicans. Even before Frelinghuysen announced his retirement, the race was expected to be competitive in the midterms.

"This is exactly what democracy looks like", Juviler said Monday.

Navy veteran and federal prosecutor Mikie Sherrill announced her candidacy last May. Welcome back, congressman - we hope. He's from New Jersey and his home base tilts Republican only very narrowly; Romney won it by five points in 2012 and Trump eked out a win there over Hillary by just a single point in 2016.

Frelinghuysen began the note with a call to serve to today's youth. Frelinghuysen's family, which arrived in America in 1720, had produced a secretary of state and four US senators, one of whom helped his state ratify the Constitution.

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