Bob Gordon: Beaten by Rothman, now going where Rothman wouldn’t?

It was 1996 when the mayor of Fair Lawn ran off the line against the organization-backed mayor of Englewood for the 9th District Congressional seat in the Democratic Primary. He got run over in that election and left for politically dead.

Now Bob Gordon, who later revived his career in the Assembly and then moved up to become the 38th District’s dominant fixture, is again mulling a run for Congress.

This time. he’s looking at doing something his onetime conqueror, U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9), wouldn’t do: run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5), New Jersey’s most conservative congressman.

Gordon and Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato are looking at the possibility of a Gordon candidacy next year.

The 38th District’s favorite “obstructionist” just weathered a hard election, winning by 2,000 votes on Tuesday night, and is not ready to make a final decision about Garrett, but sources in Bergen say he’s studying the situation closely. 

 

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie