At the request of a reader, The Inside Edge is again posting a photograph of President Lyndon B. Johnson (center) with several Democratic Congressmen from North Jersey. The photo was taken around 1965 or 1966.
From left to right:
- Dominick Daniels, a former Jersey City Municipal Court Judge who represented Hudson County in Congress for eighteen years until his retirement in 1976.
- Henry Helstoski, who was the Mayor of Rutherford when he unseated longtime GOP Congressman Frank Osmers in the 1964 LBJ landslide. Helstoski ran for Governor in 1969, and lost his House seat in 1976 to Republican Harold Hollenebeck.
- Joseph Minish, an Essex County labor leader who won an open House seat in 1962 when Republican George Wallhauser retired. (Wallhauser went to Washington in 1958 when Robert Kean ran for U.S. Senate). Minish spent 22 years in Congress and lost his seat to Republican Dean Gallo after the 1984 redistricting. He celebrated his 90th birthday in September and is the only living person in this photo.
- Charles Joelson, a former prosecutor who won Republican Gordon Canfield’s open House seat in 1960. He resigned his seat in 1969 to become a Superior Court Judge; Robert Roe narrowly won a Special Election that year for the 8th district seat.
- Peter Rodino, who won national fame a decade later as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee during impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon. Rodino first ran for Congress in 1946, losing to another nationally prominent Congressman, Fred Hartley, the sponsor of the Taft-Hartley law. When Hartley retired in 1948, Rodino won the open seat and spent forty years in Congress. Donald Payne won the seat in 1988.
- Paul Krebs, a labor leader from Essex County, won an open seat created after the 1964 redistricting. He spent just two years in Washington; his district was eliminated with a new map created for the 1966 election. He went on to serve as state Consumer Affairs Director under Governor Richard Hughes, and was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate against Clifford Case in 1972. In 1974, he lost a Democratic primary for Congress to a candidate whose campaign was being managed by a young political operative named Timothy Carden.