When Redistricting Works: At Least One Longtime NJ Democrat Will Lose Today

Posted by on Jun 05, 2012 at 2:15 pm

When you have two loathsome lowlifes like Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell fighting it out, it’s a shame both can’t lose. This is like trying to picks sides between the Bloods and the Crips, the Cowboys and the Eagles. You just hope they inflict maximum damage upon each other.

Anyway, these two have saturated the local airwaves in this Democratic primary, and now it’s descended into farce with Rothman attempting to have ballots impounded and Pascrell throwing the words “Jim Crow” around. The thing is we’ve got two sleazebag Democrats here so they already know the extent each other is capable of sinking  to in order to steal an election.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell had harsh words for his opponent’s tactics this morning as he arrived to cast his ballot in the contentious 9th District primary battle.

“It’s the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen in politics,” Pascrell said of the attempt by opponent Rep. Steve Rothman to have about 2,000 absentee ballots impounded. A lawyer for Rothman had complained about irregularities in the absentee voting process.

“To deny people the right to vote, to manufacture a reason why votes are not counted, it’s worse than Jim Crow,” Pascrell said.

The Passaic County elections superintendent ordered the ballots impounded Monday afternoon, but a judge vacated the order later that night. The judge ruled that the Rothman campaign could inspect the ballots, but they would be counted starting this morning.

Pascrell, 75, voiced his displeasure with the primary in general, which was created after the two Democratic congressmen’s districts were redrawn in December. Rothman was encouraged to take on U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th Dist.), but he chose instead to run against Pascrell.

“This election could have been avoided, money could have been saved, but it is what it is,” Pascrell said.

He said Rothman “distorted the truth and distorted my record. He’s chosen that path, he’ll live with that path.”

Both men raised millions of dollars for the primary, which is among the highest profile races on the ballot today in New Jersey. Pascrell was endorsed by former President Bill Clinton, while Rothman traveled to the Oval Office to meet with President Obama for a photo op he said showed the president’s support.

Interesting to see Obama and Clinton can’t even get on the same page when it comes to a primary.

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