Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.
However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.
Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.
"I had a conversation with him. He's intrigued by the idea. He has to think it over and talk with his wife," Barlas said. "After an 11-year playing career and a college career, he's enjoying being at home with his wife and kids."
According to Barlas, Mangold is a registered Republican, and he has voted in three of the last five primaries as well as six of the last seven general elections. The 34-year-old would be entering a large group in the GOP primary, but Barlas believes his name would bring recognition to himself immediately.
"He's a different candidate. He gives different name ID," Barlas said.
Mangold was a Jet from 2006 to 2016, and was cut in March 2017 while vacationing in Disney World with his family. The cut shocked him, and he has since not found a job in the NFL.