Two Congressmen Struggle To Stand Out Against Celebrity Mayor

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Congressman Frank Pallone (left) has been endorsed by senator Frank Lautenberg's son, Josh. (Jessica Gould for WNYC)

Congressman Rush Holt is a rocket scientist and five-time Jeopardy champ. Congressman Frank Pallone helped write the Affordable Care Act and has the support of late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s son Josh and his family.

But despite their considerable resumes, the Congressmen are having trouble getting recognition.

A Quinnipiac University poll has the Newark mayor way ahead, with 54 percent of the vote compared to 17 percent for Pallone and 15 percent for Holt. State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver trails with only 5 percent.

So the Congressmen have spent much of the last two months since Governor Chris Christie announced the special election to fill Senator Lautenberg's seat introducing themselves to voters.

Patrick Murray, director of the Polling Institute at Monmouth University, said their relative anonymity is difficult to overcome in a short campaign against one of the most famous people in the Democratic party.

"We have one candidate with national name recognition. Not just statewide name recognition, which is impossible to get, but national name recognition, and that’s Cory Booker," he said. 

Congressman Rush Holt

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Comments [3]


A vote for Booker is a vote for Michelle Rhee.

Booker has one agenda: crush teacher's unions and privatize education.

Aug. 10 2013 11:06 PM

Are you white or something?

Aug. 10 2013 07:01 PM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Quick. Name another Democrat who will be competitive in THE 2017 NJ Governor race?

This year's special Senate election - as well as NEXT YEAR's scheduled election, is more or less a lock for the Democrats.

Corey is WAY ahead in the polls because most of the Democratic voters are going by name recognition ALONE rather than achievements. I am a good Democrat and want to suggest an alternative plan.

We let Corey complete his turn as mayor of Newark AND THEN run for Governor in 2017. We elect Frank or Rush to the Senate THIS YEAR. Their record of achievement makes either of them a great senator for workers, women, the environment --- y'know, citizens.

This idea only works if you convince other voters to let Corey stay and finish his term as mayor and THEN SUPPORT him in a run for Governor.

We have three days to spread the word! Why win one election when we can follow a better strategy and win three!

Aug. 10 2013 02:20 PM

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