Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has filed the paperwork required to run for Congress in New Jersey’s re-designed 9th District, according to a report in the New Jersey Jewish Standard.
Boteach sent a letter of intent to the Bergen County Republican Organization informing it that he is considering running. He said that he has not made a final decision to run for the seat, adding that a major factor will be how much financial backing he can elicit. He said he will have a final decision by April.
He told the Standard that he is considering entering the race because he wants to “bring Jewish values into the political discourse,” and focus on “values-oriented issues,” like divorce.
Boteach is a syndicated columnist, has written several books, and recently starred in his own reality television show.