The presence of U.S. Rep. Chris Smith’s (R-Hamilton) name on signs with that of state Sen. Tom Goodwin (R-Hamilton) worries Democrats, who are favored to win the 14th Legislative District special election.
Throughout the years of President George W. Bush’s long goodbye, Democratic candidates tried to put Smith on defense.
Now, the veteran congressman is so secure in the Obama era that no one can quite remember the name of Smith’s opponent, if he even has one. Challenged by Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro), Goodwin is fastening himself to Smith with a vengeance.
To shore herself up in Hamilton, where Goodwin beat her two years ago even as Greenstein defeated him districtwide, the assemblywoman has visually aaligned herself with Council candidate Joe Santos.
So it’s Smith-Goodwin against Greenstein-Santos in the town formerly known as New Jersey’s Shining Star.