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 FrelinghuysenTrump endorses Republican candidate in key NJ House race On The Money: Lawmakers get deal to avoid shutdown | House panel approves 'tax cuts 2.0' bill | Jobless claims hold steady near 49-year low Congress sends first spending package to Trump in push to avert shutdown 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE defeated Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump Fox News poll shows Dems with edge ahead of midterms Poll: Democrats in position to retake the House 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.