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Today 21 union locals announced support for Congressman Bill Pascrell in his primary fight. Bill Mullen, President of the New Jersey State Building and Constructions Trade Council put it best: “Moving your home to challenge one of your own doesn’t make sense. That’s why we’re standing by Congressman Bill Pascrell.” And he is 100% right. Bill Pascrell isn’t moving anywhere. I can say with certainty that if he was drawn into a district with Scott Garrett he wouldn’t be running from the fight. He would take it head on like he has every race in his career.
That is the most disappointing part of Rothman’s decision to move into Pascrell’s district. There is a golden opportunity to take out one of the most extreme, ideologically driven members of Congress. A man who wants to drill for oil on New Jersey’s shores, voted against reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act and refused to support funding for Hurricane Katrina victims. Garrett refuses to compromise on anything and epitomizes everything that is wrong with Washington D.C. right now. Instead of taking this fight to Garrett – someone Rothman disagrees with on almost every issue – he is fighting his own, another progressive Democrat who he almost always agrees with.
It makes no sense.
It is no secret that I’m a strong Pascrell supporter. Since my first race for the Haledon Board of Education right up until my election as the Mayor of Haledon he has been behind me. Bill Pascrell didn’t start this fight. But you can rest assured he is going to end it.