Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D, NJ-05) and Rep. Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07) aren’t safe this cycle but they’re both favored to be re-elected in the early going.
That hasn’t stopped either federal legislator from taking the unusual step of promoting a late hour tax reform compromise which would restore some of the popular deductions facing repeal at present as tax reform advances through the reconciliation phase.
Lance and Gottheimer even held a joint Tuesday press opportunity to discuss the plan (see below); predictably, however, none of his efforts won him any goodwill from the Left that would like to flip his seat.
“Yesterday Representative Lance betrayed his constituents, voting to pave the way for a Republican Tax Scam that will hike taxes on middle-class families,” said DCCC Spokesman Evan Lukaske according to a report by InsiderNJ after Lance voted to send tax reform to a conference. “Once again, Lance revealed that when it gets down to brass tacks, he has no problem throwing his constituents under the bus. Luckily, they’ll get to return the favor next November.”
Lance isn’t the only one getting some grief for his opposition to the GOP leadership-backed bill.
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R, NJ-11), chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, reportedly almost lost his post over his ‘nay’ vote.