Promoted by njdem: I don’t know if I agree about Van Drew or Whelan running (or not), but we should definitely pay attention to this seat. 2008 could be a big year.
In less than one year, voters will decide who will face Bush rubber-stamp Frank LoBiondo, and as of now, not a single Democrat has filed to run against him, to the best of my knowledge. While every other district in N.J. has strong Democratic challengers, there still isn’t a strong challenger, let alone any challenger, for LoBiondo’s seat.
You may not be aware of this, but there’s a newly-elected state senator that goes by the name of Van Drew who may be a viable candidate. Kidding aside, both Van Drew and Jim Whelan, top tier candidates, should not be running for this seat in 2008 and instead should serve a few years in the state senate before gunning for congress. (After the recent death penalty vote, I wonder if I don’t prefer Whelan at this point). Last month, after winning his seat, Van Drew even said:
“I want to enjoy my victory. It’s been less than a week,” Van Drew said. “I want to spend some time with my family and get reacquainted, organize my legislative offices and prepare for the state Legislature.”
What does that leave us for 2008? (Take the flip to find out!)