Years ago…NJN had funding for a show called “Congress Watch.” It ran for about year, and it consisted of sitting down with each member of the NJ Congressional delegation for a half hour.
To be truthful, with many of those interviews there just wasn’t all that much to talk about. And the show died a relatively painless death along with the funding that came with it.
Sometimes New Jersey doesn’t pay much attention to what’s going in Congress. After all, the job doesn’t come with state contracts or patronage jobs. But that doesn’t mean what our delegation is doing should be ignored. Last year, the Garden State elected two new members – Leonard Lance in the 7th, and John Adler in the 3rd. Since then, there have been a couple of high profile votes that are worth noting, and could even help shape whether or not those two newly elected fellows keep their seats.
The DNC has begun running radio ads in 32 districts against Republicans who voted against the landmark health care legislation which passed the House on November 8 by a vote of 220 -215.
Two of those Republicans are in New Jersey – Frank LoBiondo, and the aforementioned Lance. let’s leave LoBiondo aside for minute…because who cares, right??! ( Sorry, there is that attitude about Congress again ).
Let’s talk about Lance for a minute, who some believe is more likely to face a challenge from the right over his “yes” vote on Obama’s cap and trade environmental legislation. Lance says he voted against Obamacare because it adds new taxes and won’t fix the problem. I don’t know enough to determine whether or not that is true. But here is what I do know: Adler ( a Democrat ) also voted against the health care bill. So why isn’t the DNC targeting him?????
I mean, if the people of New Jersey want comprehensive health care reform and Congress was prepared to deliver it, why shouldn’t the whole delegation be on board?? Or if they are not, why are some guilty and others innocent? I think it’s fair to say that there is a bit of hypocrisy here. In fairness, Adler is from a district that hasn’t voted for a Dem in nearly a century and a quarter ( until 2008 when they voted for Adler ). So I can see giving him a pass. But then doesn’t Lance deserve one for voting his conscience?