Where are the Women?

Even though women made great strides in yesterday’s election, New Jersey is still far behind. There are NO women in the 14 member New Jersey Congressional Delegation (12 House, 2 Senate).

Unless one of our CongressMEN decides to retire after the next term, it will be difficult for a woman to join this all-male club. Incumbency is a powerful impediment to any challenger. The quest will take time and money.

Are there women out there who should be considering a 2014 congressional run now? Why are the names being floated as replacements to Senator Lautenberg (who will most likely not run for re-election in 2014) all men?

Let us know your thoughts of women who can effectively challenge incumbents – Democratic or Republican.

Comments (3)

  1. huntsu

    who can challenge an incumbent. Man, woman, alien, frog, child, baked good or anything else.

    The redistricting thing is rigged in New Jersey to protect the incumbents.  The only way to change that is to change the way we pick districts.

  2. Erik Preuss

    In most districts this is the case, but look at NJ5, Gussen got 42% of the vote while spending less than $30,000. Imagine what someone could do if they raised $1 million. NJ5 is the most likely area for a woman to jump in and grab the seat.

  3. huntsu

    In many cases there is a base number that candidates can get in one of these districts, and there is little benefit to tossing more money in.  You might move the bar two points, maybe three, but not enough to get to where you want to be.

    There’s an old line in politics which is less true than it used to be, but the meaning is still valid — you can’t beat an incumbent House Rep in NJ unless they are caught with a live boy or a dead girl.  

    And even then …


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