MORRIS COUNTY — After countless discussions with family, colleagues and others over the last three weeks, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco announced he will forego a campaign for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th District.
“I was floored by the outpouring of support from so many important leaders across Morris County, and humbled by an energy within the Republican Party that I haven’t seen in years,” said Bucco.
“After thoughtful deliberation about politics and building a winning campaign, ultimately I came to realize that at this point in my life, turning things upside-down to be in Washington was too big a price to pay for myself and my family,” added Bucco. “Additionally, my work in Trenton isn’t finished. I want to continue fighting for taxpayers and deliver a more affordable New Jersey. With the tax-and spend policies proposed by the new administration, it’s now more important now than ever. I want to thank the dozens of legislators, Mayors, Council people, party leaders and others who offered their name and support. It means so much to me and my family, and we will not forget it.”
Bucco is endorsing Assemblyman Jay Webber in an effort to unify the Republican Party and defeat the Pelosi Democrats in Washington. “In the critical election for Congress, I’m endorsing my Assembly colleague and fellow Morris County Republican Jay Webber. Jay is a principled conservative with a strong record who will fight for taxpayers,” said Bucco. “Jay will be an effective voice for New Jersey in Congress.”
“I’m confident that Jay can and will run the kind of campaign necessary to keep this seat in Republican hands, and ultimately, protect taxpayers from a liberal, big-government approach under Nancy Pelosi.”
Webber, who announced his candidacy in early February, is now the clear front-runner in the race for Congress.
“Tony has been a strong and consistent voice for New Jersey taxpayers and a proven leader in our Assembly Conference. Morris County is fortunate to have him representing us,” said Webber. “His endorsement builds on the momentum we have seen over the last few weeks. I’m proud to have his support and welcome his advice as we continue to grow our winning campaign.”