In a podcast published last week, former congressional candidate Josh Welle said that if he runs for election again it will likely be for a national office and that it would likely be in 4-6 years.
Last December after he became the 20th Democrat to lose to Congressman Chris Smith, Welle told NJGlobe that he was considering a run for State Assembly in the 13th district to replace retiring Assemblywoman Amy Handlin.
Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger received the GOP endorsement for Handlin’s seat at a convention in Freehold yesterday. Democrats are set to endorse their candidates next Saturday. Welle’s name is not in the mix for Assembly, according to a Democrat who doesn’t want to be known for talking to MMM.
By waiting 4-6 years before running again for national office, Welle, if he maintains his residency in Rumson, is calculating that he could not win a rematch against Congressman Smith in a presidential year, despite the fact that the Democrat Congressional Committee has targeted Smith for retirement in 2020 , according to a NJGlobe report. New district lines will be drawn for the 2022 election and President Trump will not be on the ballot in 2024.
Welle’s podcast interview was with Justin Nassiri, founder of Beyond the Uniform, a “side project” website, to help active duty military personnel transition to civilian life.
During the interview, Welle said that the lost the election but that he is winning the race. He is still in the reflection phase about what to do next. He’s passionate about technology, government, cloud and cybersecurity.