Many of you, perhaps, are completely focused on Menendez soundly defeating Kean Jr. or Linda Stender beating Mike Ferguson for Congress on Tuesday. But your focus on election night also needs to be on New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district and Rich Sexton, arguably the strongest congressional candidate we have out of all our incredible Democratic candidates in N.J.
Rich, one of the national “Fighting Dems,” has been on the campaign trail for months, reaching out to voters who may be inclined to vote for Saxton but who want a change on the way our federal government functions. Rich’s message of fiscal responsibility is resonating in N.J.’s 3rd-district, which includes the swing district of Burlington County which voted for both Kerry and Corzine in 2004 and 2005. His experience as Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy and the Delaware State Attorney General’s office has made him instantly credible on foreign policy and domestic issues. Even those endorsements who have gone for his status-quo opponent, Jim Saxton, emphasize how impressive Rich has been in this campaign.
On Thursday night, I attended a rally and dinner for Sexton in Edgewater Park, and Rich received multiple standing ovations from his supporters. Fellow Democrats, this wasn’t a concession rally: We plan on winning this seat come Tuesday, and never underestimate the power of grassroots politics to instantiate change in Washington. Voters with whom I’ve spoken on the phone were receptive towards Rich’s anti-Iraq War, pro-Homeland Security, pro-environmental message.
The rest is up to us; any volunteer time, donations, or neighbor-to-neighbor discussions about Rich and his campaign can make the difference on election day.