MONTVILLE, NJ – In the wake of long-time Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen announcing his plans to not run for re-election, Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26), who represents Montville Township, announced Feb. 3 his intention to run for the Republican nomination in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District.

“The 2018 elections present our great nation and Republican Party with an important choice,” Webber said in a press release. “We can give in to the angry intimidation of the far left who seek to ‘resist’ every idea that comes from someone who doesn’t share their outlier extremism. Or we can stand up for the beliefs and principles that have served our country so well for so long and continue the progress we’ve made in the last year toward reviving our economy, creating more and better paying jobs, strengthening the rule of law, and restoring America’s security and standing in the world. I choose the latter.

“Over the last several days, citizens across the 11th District and the country have urged me to step forward to represent our shared values. I accept that challenge, and taking on tough challenges is nothing new to me. I’ve led the fight on the Assembly floor against the Democrats’ reckless tax hikes. I have been on the forefront of a bipartisan effort to improve our public schools by rewarding and encouraging good teachers, and making it easier to fire bad ones. And when the Democrats – and some in my own party – wanted to throw billions of tax dollars at the richest companies in the world instead of providing property tax relief for everyone, I said no.

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“In the coming months, I will offer a candidacy, first to Republicans in the primary, and then to the general electorate, that will provide solutions to our country’s most troubling issues. Those solutions will be guided by my recognition that so many of our citizens sit at their kitchen tables each day not caring about ‘blue’ or ‘red.’ They simply want a limited and responsible government that respects their rights to live freely, and doesn’t bother them without good reason,” Webber said.

A native of Passaic County and a resident of Randolph, he has represented residents of Morris, Passaic, and Essex Counties during his ten years in the State Legislature.

Webber graduated with a B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, a Rhodes Scholar Semi-Finalist, and a Second Team Academic All-American in baseball. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he met his classmate and future bride, Johanna. The pair, married 16 years, have seven children ages 3 to 15.

Webber faces opposition on the Republican side from Martin Hewitt and from Democrat contenders Mikie Sherill, Sherill having received “full support” from the county chairs of Essex, Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties, and Mitchell Cobert, Jack Gebbia, Tamara Harris and Mark Washburne, according to Ballotpedia.org.

Republican State Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, who serves as Roxbury township attorney, is also considering a primary candidacy.

The primary will be held on June 5.

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