For Steve Rothman, it was a chance to set himself apart ideologically.
“This race is gonna be about who is the progressive champion for Democratic Party values … who voted for TARP, who voted against TARP, who voted to restrict a woman’s right to choose 18 times, who always stood up for a woman’s right to choose, who was the first to call for our troops to be withdrawn from Iraq, who was the first to call for marriage equality.”
For Bill Pascrell, it is still more about geography and who should be running in the district.
“My opponent chose not to run in the district he was placed in. That’s pretty simple. Instead he chose to move into my district. That is not a very progressive move.”