Nancy Solomon, Managing Editor, New Jersey Public Radio
Nancy Solomon is the Managing Editor of New Jersey Public Radio.
A rising star in the New Jersey Democratic Party is challenging GOP Rep. Leonard Lance for his seat in Congress, but political analysts say the redrawing of the district boundaries has made it harder than ever to unseat incumbents.
Challenger Upendra Chivukula, the first Indian-American in the state’s Assembly, has the support of the national Democratic Party and has a base of support that is growing as more Indian immigrants move into the state.
Yet the 7th Congressional District has leaned Republican for decades. And because of redistricting, there are 30,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats in the district that sprawls east to west across the state’s midsection.
“Every district in New Jersey is now, very nearly noncompetitive, so that each district, you could say, has a character of one party or the other,” said Ingrid Reed, a retired faculty member at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.