A Republican source this afternoon told InsiderNJ that two Republicans have the attention right now of Northern Jersey power players as they size up a candidate best suited to take on U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (R-5) in 2018.
They are Republican State Committee Chairman Sam Raia and Bergen GOP fundraiser Chuck Shotmeyer.
The source said Republicans anticipate a big money contest, hence the intensified scrutiny of Raia and Shotmeyer. Both have the ability to raise money.
When they examine the dimensions of the district itself, the Bergen GOP likes its chances of defeating Gottheimer, a Democrat who last year beat veteran Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5).