Republican Ravens Kicking Coach Eyeing 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Run
The Baltimore Ravens kicking coach is a Republican mayor of a New Jersey township and is eyeing a 2017 gubernatorial run in the state.
Randy Brown is currently the mayor of Evesham Township, N.J., which is just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He said he may be interested in running for governor in 2017, which is when current Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's term would end if he is re-elected this year.
“I checked—the governor can’t run again in 2017, so that seat’s around,” Brown told reporters during Super Bowl media week. “I would never close my eyes to it. I’m a Republican with some name I.D. in New Jersey.”
Brown has been with the Ravens since 2008 and is the NFL's only full-time kicking coach. He has been mayor of the township since 2007, where he has not raised property taxes in four years.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Brown first ran as a Democrat, after having sought the support of Republicans, when he was elected mayor of Evesham Township. In 2010, he switched back to the Republican Party, "saying that he disagreed philosophically with the Democrats."
Brown coaches Ravens field goal kicker Justin Tucker, a rookie out of Texas who won the job over veteran kicker Billy Cundiff in training camp, and punter Sam Koch.
Tucker's game-winning field goal in double overtime at Denver in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs helped the Ravens eventually make the Super Bowl.