By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
New Jersey’s GOP House delegation was as shocked as anyone on Friday by the suddenness of Speaker John Boehner’s resignation announcement, Save Jerseyans, but the race to succeed him is already well-underway (it never wasn’t, which is part of the reason he left).
U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07) acknowledged what’s coming on Friday afternoon.
“I thank Speaker Boehner for his 25 years of dedicated public service to Ohio and the Nation,” Lance shared in a statement. “I wish him, Mrs. Boehner and their family well in the years that lie ahead and look forward to evaluating the candidates who will step forward to be the next Speaker of the House.”
Lance supported Boehner’s last election to the speakership along with all but one (Scott Garrett) of New Jersey’s six Republican congressmen. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California is the favorite to take over but other candidates, mostly from the anti-Boehner camp, are already making noises. Paul Ryan has ruled himself out. The real battle looks to be for the other leadership posts that would be freed-up by Boehner’s departure and McCarthy’s ascension.