Ex-New York Jets lineman mulling run for House

Ex-New York Jets lineman mulling run for House

Former New York Jets center Nick Mangold is weighing a campaign to replace Rep. Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter Frelinghuysen'Minibus' spending conference committee abruptly canceled GOP runs into Trump tax law in New Jersey Fortenberry named chairman of legislative appropriations subcommittee in House MORE (R-N.J.), Politico reported Thursday

A Republican county chairman in the district told the news outlet that Mangold is “intrigued by the idea,” and has to discuss it with his family.

“He’s a different candidate. He gives different name ID,” Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas told Politico. 

Mangold played for the Jets from 2006 through the 2016 season.

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Frelinghuysen, 71, announced late last month that he would not seek reelection in November. He has been in Congress for 12 terms, and is currently chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

The seat is a top target for Democrats after President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE defeated Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE in 2016 by just 1 percentage point. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race as a toss-up.

State Assemblyman Jay Webber is the lone Republican to announce his candidacy since Frelinghuysen decided to retire, according to NewJersey.com.

National Democrats have rallied around Mikie Sherrill, who has already launched her campaign. Sherrill is a former Navy pilot and ex-federal prosecutor.