Dr. Alieta Eck is laying the groundwork to run against 12 District Congressman Rush Holt. She expects to make a formal announcement of her candidacy after the first of the year. She was a candidate in the Special Senate Primary to replace the late Senator Frank Lautenberg this summer, losing to former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. Lonegan went on to lose to then Newark Mayor Cory Booker by 11%.
Eck told MMM this afternoon that she is setting up meetings with the Republican County Chairs of the distirct (Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Union) and the National Republian Congressional Committee. She hopes to avoid having to defend her nominating petitions come April. She also hopes to be unopposed for the GOP nomination. Eck said she is being advised by GOP consultant David Millner and former Congressman Mike Pappas. Holt unseated Pappas in 1998.
[Aside: NRCC is selling Bush/Cheney 00 tee shirts for $25 if you’re looking for stocking stuffers] (sarcasm off)
A former president of the American Physicians Association, Eck is an ardent critic of ObamaCare and Medicaid. She advocates reforming health care by giving doctors incentives to provide charity care, as she and her husband, Dr. John Eck, do at the Zarephath Health Center in Somerset. Eck serves on the board of Christian Care Medi-Share, a faith based medical cost sharing Ministry.
Holt is also a critic of ObamaCare, although he voted for it. He favors a single-payer government funded healthcare system like those in Europe and Canada.
MMM publisher Art Gallagher interviewed Eck in August prior to the Special Senate Primary. View that interview here: