Short list for Rothman’s seat

If U.S. Rep. Steven Rothman (D-Fair Lawn) decides not to seek re-election next year, possible candidates for his seat include: State Sens. Robert Gordon (D-Fair Lawn) and Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge), retiring Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood), Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood), and Bergen County Freeholder Bernadette McPherson.

If State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) loses her bid for Lt. Governor, she could emerge as a strong candidate for Congress. If Weinberg wins, Huttle is the favorite to take her State Senate seat. Sarlo, the Senate Judiciary Chairman, has not expressed a huge desire to go to Congress; he is a possible candidate for Senate Majority Leader next year, or to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.

Wildes, who is not seeking re-election after two terms as mayor, has long been interested in Rothman’s congressional seat. A strong fundraiser, he has $642,983 sitting in a federal campaign account, just in case.

More than 70% of the Democratic primary voters live in Bergen County. The district includes Secaucus and parts of Jersey City, North Bergen, and Kearny, and Hawthorne in Passaic County.

Short list for Rothman’s seat