State GOP Leader Not Worried About Key Congressional Races

NJTV News | August 17, 2018 | Politics
While New Jersey Democrats think they can flip five critical seats in November election, GOP party chairman disputes the possibility

Democrats hoping to take control of Congress in November’s midterm election are eyeing five key congressional seats in New Jersey currently held by Republicans. But Doug Steinhardt, chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, conceded nothing as he discussed his party’s fight to hold onto those seats with Michael Aron, chief political correspondent of NJTV News.

Steinhardt brushed aside the one percentage point lead that a new Monmouth University Poll gave U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur, the Republican incumbent in the 3rd Congressional District, over his Democratic challenger. And he seemed to question the poll’s validity.

Turning to the 11th District, where the Democrats’ first-time candidate Mikie Sherrill is already a powerhouse fundraiser, Steinhardt said things “look good” for the Republican candidate, state Assemblyman Jay Webber. “Mikie Sherrill is new to the scene. She comes across as just a rubber stamp for the Nancy Pelosi branch of the Democrat party. But, Jay has been in Trenton for a long time. He’s got a strong voting record, and I think he’s the kind of person that Washington needs to go and make sure that New Jersey’s interests are being taken care of,” he said.

Asked about how President Donald Trump is doing, Steinhardt said, “Donald Trump is doing a good job. You have to look at the economy in general. Look, the stock market is at record highs, the gross domestic product growth is stronger than it’s been in years. Wages are up, employment is down. That’s a great record for anyone to run on in this country.”

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