William G. Mennen, a 41-year old attorney from Tewksbury and a Hunterdon County freeholder-elect, today said he would consider a run for U.S. Congress over a Thanksgiving meal.
"I like most everybody else was surprised," Mennen said of U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson’s decision yesterday not to seek a fifth term. "I was further surprised by a continual stream of subsequent phone calls from a number of Republican officials."
Mennen, who serves on the Tewksbury Township Committee and is a Mennen family heir, said, "Yes, I’ve been asked to run. I’m thinking about it, but this one truly caught me out of left field."
As an attorney, Mennen specializes in land use, and has represented the Somerset Airport against local complaints about state police helicopter traffic.
The Hunterdon politician’s great-great grandfather founded the Mennen brand in Newark on the corner of Central Avenue and Broad Street, where he formulated a talcum powder that became the basis for the famous speed stick deodorant.