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 FrelinghuysenIs Paul Ryan the latest sign of crumbling Republican Party? Loss of Ryan hits hard for House Republicans Sadly, fiscal restraint is no longer a core principle of the GOP 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.

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 TrumpFlynn to campaign for Montana GOP Senate candidate Trump considering pardon for boxing legend after call from Sylvester Stallone Decline in EPA enforcement won't keep climate bill from coming MORE defeated Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGeorge HW Bush wears 'book socks' to Barbara Bush's funeral to honor her passion for literacy Obamas, Clintons to attend funeral of Barbara Bush Hillary Clinton to fundraise in DC for public charter high school 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.