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Excerpts of Pascrell/Rothman Debate (9th District)

Ninth District Primary Debate Marked By Heated Exchanges.

For four and a half months, Bill Pascrell has been calling himself a fighter and chiding Steve Rothman for moving his residence to avoid running against Republican Scott Garrett.

Pascrell was asked why he didn’t move a town or two over and take on Garrett or another Republican, Rodney Frelinghuysen.

Incensed by the question, Pascrell fired back: “I lived in Paterson all my life. I don’t have to move.” He turned to Rothman and said, “You moved twice, to run the first time and this time . . . If you’re such a progressive, then why didn’t you run against the leader of the Tea Party? Instead you choose to run against your ‘friend.’”

Watch Ninth District Primary Debate Marked By Heated Exchanges on PBS. See more from WNJT.

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