By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
That’s the latest indication from the DCCC’s publicized Red-to-Blue program, Save Jerseyans.
New Jersey’s 5th district, held by Scott Garrett (R), in number 12 on the list of hoped-for Democrat takeovers heading into the fall. Former Clinton and Kerry operative Josh Gottheimer is the challenger in an R+4 district where Garrett is nevertheless a potential fundraising target for liberals angry over his comments about NRCC gay GOP candidates. Garrett is a CPAC speaker at next month’s conference in D.C.
Conspicuously absent is New Jersey’s freshman Republican House member, Tom MacArthur. We’re guessing the reported DCCC interview with Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D) didn’t go well? Obama won NJ-03 twice. The trial balloon appears to have popped, and if Lampitt or another South Jersey Dem wants to take on MacArthur this November, the DCCC is apparently indicating that they’d be on their own at least in terms of the all-important fundraising variable.
Congressional Democrat strategists’ outlook gels with that of veteran electoral handicapper Larry Sabato who declared MacArthur’s seat “safe” on Thursday morning:
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) February 11, 2016