There are five living New Jerseyans who served with Gerald R. Ford in the U.S. House of Representatives: Republican Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen, 90, who was elected in 1952 (four years after Ford) and served until his retirement in 1974; Cornelius Gallagher, 86, a Hudson County Democrat who was elected in 1958 and served until he lost the Democratic primary in 1972; Democrat Joseph Minish, 90, who served in Congress from 1962 until his defeat in 1984; Robert Roe, 82, a Democrat who won a special election in 1969 and served until his retirement in 1992; and Republican Matthew Rinaldo, 75, who won an open GOP seat in 1972 and spent twenty yers in the House From a December 6, 2006 post on The Inside Edge:
Helped by Lyndon Johnson’s landslide victory over Barry Goldwater in the 1964 election, Democrats picked up 36 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, giving them more than two-thirds of the House seats. After that election, a group of moderates challenged challenged conservatives for the top two House Republican leadership posts. Minority Leader Charles Halleck, 64, a sixteen-term Indiana conservative, lost to moderate Gerald Ford, a nine-term moderate from Michigan. Ford then backed a fellow moderate for Minority Whip against the conservative incumbent, Leslie Arends: Peter H.B. Frelinghusyen, a 48-year-old seven-term New Jersey Congressman. Arends, who first went to Congress in 1935, beat Frelinghuysen in a 70-59 vote. Arends then used his clout to deny a seat on the House Appropriations Committee to a fellow Illinois Congressman who had been the chief strategist of the Ford/Frelinghuysen campaign: Donald Rumsfeld, then 32 and about to begin his second term in Congress. Frelinghuysen, who turns 91 in January, spent ten more years in the House and was the Ranking Minority member of the House International Relations Committee when he retired in 1974. His son, Rodney Frelinghuysen, has represented his old district in Congress since 1995 — and serves on the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.