Wenzel Trying to Get Something Going in Fortress Frelinghuysen

 Wenzel Trying to Get Something Going in Fortress Frelinghuysen

Attorney Joe Wenzel last night formally kicked off his 11th District Congressional Campaign in Parsippany surrounded by Democratic Party pooh-bahs and their associates.

An attorney from Clifton, Wenzel wants to do what numerous Democrats over the years haven’t come closing to doing: denting the Teflon armor coating of U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) of Harding.

No one gives Wenzel much of a chance against the reclusive Frelinghuysen, a longtime leafy environs lawn sign going back generations to at least the American Revolution.

But he did draw some names into his so-called “Wake Up! Rise Up! kickoff at the local Sheraton, including (from, left, above) Essex County Freeholder Lenny Luciano, Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson, (Wenzel), Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy  Jones, Essex Freeholder Brendan Gill, and Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin, who gave the keynote.

As one can see below, the incumbent Republican congressman has destroyed every Democrat propped up against him.

1994 Frank Herbert 50,211 28% Rodney Frelinghuysen 127,868 71% Mary Frueholz LaRouche Was Right 1,065 1% *
1996 Chris Evangel 78,742 31% Rodney Frelinghuysen 169,091 66% Ed DeMott Independent 2,870 1% Austin S. Lett Independent 2,618 1% *
1998 John P. Scollo 44,160 30% Rodney Frelinghuysen 100,910 68% Austin S. Lett Independent 1,737 1% Agnes James Independent 1,409 1% *
2000 John P. Scollo 80,958 30% Rodney Frelinghuysen 186,140 68% John Pickarski Independent 5,199 2% James Spinosa Independent 1,541 1%
2002 Vij Pawar 48,477 26% Rodney Frelinghuysen 132,938 72% Richard S. Roth Libertarian 2,263 1%
2004 James W. Buell 91,811 31% Rodney Frelinghuysen 200,915 68% John Mele Immigration
Moratorium Now
1,746 1% Austin S. Lett Libertarian 1,530 1%
2006 Tom Wyka 74,414 37% Rodney Frelinghuysen 126,085 62% Richard S. Roth Libertarian 1,730 1% John Mele Constitution 842 <1%
2008 Tom Wyka 105,095 37% Rodney Frelinghuysen 177,059 62% Chandler Tedholm For the People 3,526 1%
2010 Douglas Herbert 55,472 31% Rodney Frelinghuysen 122,149 67% Jim Gawron Libertarian 4,179 2%
2012 John Arvanites 123,897 40% Rodney Frelinghuysen 182,237 59% Barry Berlin Opposing Congressional