The internal report from a Republican National Committee study conducted last month by the polling firm Public Opinion Strategies shows the midterm election on Nov. 6 is a referendum on the performance of President Donald Trump.
Trump told reporters Tuesday that he won’t accept blame if Republicans lose control of Congress, but that assertio is contradicted by the private GOP survey.
“For the most part, this election isn’t about the condition of the economy, number of jobs that have been created, the trade deals or negotiations with foreign countries,” said the conclusion of the poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies. “Rather, the research indicated the determining factor in this election is how voters feel about President Trump.”
But if the unpopular Republican president is the defining issue, most Garden State Democrats have not gotten the news.
Tom Malinowski, a former Asstistant Secretary of State and the Democrat running for Congress against Rep. Leonard Lance in NJ’s 7th Congressional District, has been hammering his opponent for voting at least 60 times to repeal the Affordable Health Act or to take out essential elements of the law.
In the 3rd Congressional District, actress Piper Perabo knocked on doors and former VP Joe Biden greeted voters at Edgewater Park diner for Democrat Andy Kim, who is trying to pick off two-term Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur. Kim is also talking about health care instead of Trump.
“My old boss, he’s helping me out,” Kim said as he walked around the restaurant. “You realize their tax plan is creating a deficit of $1.9 trillion?”
“They’ve said they’re going to go after Social Security and Medicaid. I’m not making this up. This is their plan. They know they cannot sustain a $1.9 trillion additional debt so they’re emasculating health care,” said Biden during a surprise visit to the Golden Dawn Diner on Route 130 to campaign with Kim, who grew up in New Jersey before going to work as a national security advisor in the White House.
Kim is attacked as a liberal “Washington insider” and “not one of us” in a $1.4 million television ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC, which reeased the spot a day after a Monmouth University poll showed the Democratic challenger in a virtual tie with MacArthur in the 3rd District, which spans parts of Burlington and Ocean counties.
In New Jersey’s 5th Congresional District Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer describes as a centrist and pragmatist who is known for a bipartisan approach, while his Republican opponent John McCann credits the Republican Congress with the low unemployment rate and an expanding economy.
Both Gottheimer and McCann support Trump’s immigration agenda, including building a wall at the southern border, which is usually among the most divisive agenda items of the Trump presidency.
Kim’s ads seek to hold Tom MacArthur accountable for his actions aimed at rolling back health care.
Republican Senate candidate Bob Hugin, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and various super PACs supporting them, have been trading barbs on the airwaves on bribery scandals, gouging cancer patients and other attacks directed against the candidates rather than any positions they maintain.
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