Roll Call has just shifted New Jersey’s CD2 open seat to Lean Democratic.
This, after it came to light a few days ago that GOP nominee Seth Grossman likes white supremacy websites, and shared a post from one calling black people a “threat to all who cross their paths.” The arm of the Republican Party charged with electing GOP House candidates dropped him like a hot potato after that. Curious, given that while individual Republicans have distanced themselves from Trump’s worst race remarks, Republican Party officialdom seems to have no similar beef with our white supremacist-enabling Republican president, or anti-Semites and racists running in state contests. And apparently racist Grossman is too racist to join even seated House Republicans running for re-election in Trump’s racist footsteps.
Curious, that. Somehow little Seth Grossman, come from nowhere as a former Atlantic County freeholder, is beyond the NRCC’s tolerance for prejudice? Really? It’s not a low bar. Does the power of the South Jersey Democratic machine, of which Democratic nominee Jeff Van Drew is a chief asset, extend into the Republican machinery down in CD2? Seth Grossman’s implosion seems right on time, a decent interval having passed since the NJ primary and Grossman locked in as the GOP’s man.
This race, barring something explosive, is a done deal. Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat in Name Only (except for membership in the Norcross orbit, but that was never about Democratic values anyway), and an A-plus rated NRA candidate, will flip this district, and will go to Congress. And that means 17% of New Jersey’s congressional delegation – 29% of its Dem House members – will be beholden to George Norcross for their spot in Washington.
Congratulations to Jeff Van Drew. As for us, we have work to do.