The deadline to register to vote is May 15 for citizens who want to weigh in on several contested local and Congressional races in the June 5 primary election.
The featured race in the Democratic primary involves progressive challenger Lisa McCormick’s spirited confrontation against embattled US Senator Robert Menendez,
Menendez no longer remains in legal peril from federal corruption charges, but he was called out by the Senate Ethics Committee and his political challenger slams his 25-year record in Congress.
Menendez has been ineffectual while President Trump racks up a record number of federal judicial appointments, and McCormick says his tenure in Congress coincided with the greatest decline in history for the standard of living of American working class citizens.
McCormick wants to reignite the middle class economic power by reversing Reagan-era policies that cheat ordinary people so big business can profit at their expense.
The Justice Department’s prosecution of Menendez, which was instigated by the Obama administration after rumors circulated about the senator’s engagement of underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic during 2012, abruptly ended after officials declared there would be a retrial despite the Trump administration’s reputed disdain for immigrants and minorities.
U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, a from Lebanon, faces two Republican challengers in the primary: physician Raafat Barsoom, of Clinton Township is a Christian born in Egypt, and digital project manager Lindsay Brown, of Clark.
Three Democratic challengers who want to flip the district are Peter Jacob, the 2016 Democratic nominee from Pluckemin, former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Tom Malinowski, and lawyer Goutam Jois, of Summit.
In the Second District, Tanzie Youngblood is waging a grassroots effort aimed at stopping NRA-backed state Sen. Jeff VanDrew. All but Republican, VanDrew has opposed civil rights measures and sponsored legislation that would enable New Jersey residents to carry concealed firearms. The state currently has very strong gun control laws and many citizens do not want to see more firearms in circulation.
Republican Rep. Frank Lobiondo is not seeking re-election, so the district is expected to choose a Democrat instead of a Republican.
Another imperilled Republican is Rep. Chris Smith, who has been in the House of Representatives since winning his first race in 1980. The Democratic challengers who want to turn the district blue are Joshua Welle and Jim Keady.
Longtime Democrat Frank Pallone also has a progressive challenger, in Rutgers graduate Javahn Walker, who contends that “Medicare should be expanded to all Americans.”
In District 1, Rob Carlson is battling Rep. Donald Norcross with support from a number of grassroots political groups, including local affiliates of Bernie Sanders’ Our Revolution and the Cherry Hill Progressives.
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