HACKENSACK – State Sen. Bob Gordon (D-Fair Lawn) says he does not “understand the logic” of his Democratic district-mates sending out a hard hitting campaign flyer against their out-funded, underdog Republican opponents.
“Had it been my campaign, I would not have authorized a piece of that kind,” he said. “It’s not a safe district, but [the Democrats] lead by a sizable margin, so there’s no reason to go negative.”
The mailer, issued by Assemblywomen Connie Wagner (D-Paramus) and Joan Voss (D-Teaneck), attacks their opponents over “porn and guns” – “porn” for Republican Judith Fisher accounting software to Playboy, and “guns” for Lonzisero renting a space next to a school to a gun shop, which has occupied the spot since 2002.
Wagner, who was standing near Gordon, defended the mailer.
“You know what? Everything in there is true. Is it a little strong? Yes, it is,” she said. “But it’s a campaign, and that’s what the campaign is about.”
Wagner said she hasn’t seen internal polls on her own race.
“I would love you to tell me that’s a safe district, but I’ve never assumed that it was safe, especially with everything that’s happened in the 38th,” she said, referring to the corruption conviction of the district’s former Democratic state senator, Joe Coniglio. “That’s why I’m working so hard.”