TRENTON, N.J. — The first Republican candidate has declared for 2020 in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District.
John McCann — last year’s GOP nominee — announced a second shot at the Democrat-held seat last Thursday afternoon. He made the announcement on Twitter:
I am pleased to announce my candidacy for Congress. All of you have been tremendous supporters through the last campaign. That is why I am asking you to join me one more time so we can finish the job. Click the link to visit my website and sign up today! https://t.co/Zf9RuSqu1y
— John McCann (@realJohnMcCann) March 14, 2019
McCann lost an underfunded challenge to incumbent Josh Gottheimer last fall, 56.2% to 42.5%.
NJ-05 is split fairly evenly between party registrants and was carried by Donald Trump in 2016; it’s also on the NRCC’s official 2020 target list.