Call it the Frank Lautenberg Syndrome

82-year-old former Assemblyman Warren Wolf (R-Brick) is returning to the public arena after a two-year retirement– as the head football coach at Lakewood High School.  Wolf, who served in the Assembly from 1982 to 1984, is the most successful high school football coach in New Jersey history; during his 51 years coaching Brick High School, he had a 361-122-11 record with six state championships and just three losing seasons. 

Wolf was the top vote getter when he ran for the Assembly in the politically competitive tenth district in 1981, receiving 642 votes more than incumbent John Paul Doyle (D-Brick) and more than 5,000 more votes than Democrat Peter Marrone.  Wolf won the seat of Assemblywoman Hazel Gluck (R-Lakewood), who ran an unsuccessful race for the Senate against incumbent John Russo (D-Toms River).  But Wolf’s heart was never really in politics, and football season was a tough time for him to campaign for re-election.  In 1983, he lost his seat to Democrat Marlene Lynch Ford by 2,107 votes.

Call it the Frank Lautenberg Syndrome