If Stender loses, N.J. Democrats ready to blame the D.C. crowd

If Linda Stender loses her race for Congress next week, New Jersey Democrats are prepared to blame Emily’s List and other Washington-based organizations for her defeat, according to sources within the Stender campaign. The seventh district House seat has been viewed as a likely pickup for Democrats, but internal polling from both campaigns is showing that Republican Leonard Lance can win the seat that Stender nearly took away from retiring U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson two years ago. Suddenly worried about blowing an opportunity to take a seat the GOP has held since 1956, Democrats are bringing in big guns, like former President Bill Clinton, to help Stender win.

Thanks to Barack Obama, Stender remains the favorite — but with five days remaining in a campaign she began more than two years ago, and despite a huge financial edge and heavy spending by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Stender has not yet put this race away.

If Stender loses, N.J. Democrats ready to blame the D.C. crowd