One Democratic legislator from South Jersey, who asked that his name be withheld to keep him out of trouble, says that State Senator Jefferson Van Drew "screwed up" when he passed up a chance to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo this year. "Look at the new Democratic voters in the district. Look at the political environment… (Barack) Obama, the economy, George W. Bush, Iraq, (Sarah) Palin," the legislator told PolitickerNJ.com. "Democrats are doing well in traditionally Republican areas and Frank is a Bush ally. This was the best year to pick up the District 2 House seat and Van Drew was the best candidate."
Van Drew moved from the Assembly to the Senate last year when he ousted GOP incumbent Nicholas Asselta. After meetings in Washington with Democratic officials, he ultimately decided against challenging LoBiondo, who is now heavily favored to win re-election to an eighth term against Cape May City Councilman David Kurkowski.