In a sign that national Democrats may actually believe that they have a shot at ousting Republican Rep. E. Scott Garrett, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) will join Dennis Shulman to meet with labor officials on Monday.
Shulman, a blind rabbi and psychologist, is running a long-shot campaign against Garrett, who’s easily beaten back three previous challenges from Democrats. But Shulman’s fundraising prowess and unconventional life story have raised eyebrows with national Democrats, who will likely make Shulman’s race their third priority after the 3rd and 7th Congressional Districts, where John Adler and Linda Stender are running for open seats vacated by Republicans.
In January, Hoyer swung through the state to stump and fundraise for Adler and Stender.
As of last month – before beating Democratic rival Camille Abate in the June 3rd primary — Shulman had raised $384,727 and had $157,570 on hand. That included a $2,500 contribution from Hoyer.
But while national Democrats may play in the district, it’s unclear whether the Bergen County Democratic Organization will add much more than moral support to Shulman’s campaign.