Given residency question, Addiego says she’s not surprised Lewis unfamiliar with specifics on issues

WESTAMPTON – The most ravenous political animals prayed for a collision between state Sen. Dawn Marie Addiego (R-8) and her Democratic Party challenger, Olympian Carl Lewis, at a Burlington County Chamber of Commerce mixer here tonight. 

But it never came, as Addiego mingled with a hodgepodge of political insiders and left just as Lewis arrived with a coterie of supporters from a taping of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

The two rivals passed without any wayward elbows, trailing cocktail mutterings about their latest courtroom clash: the one that secured Lewis a place on the ballot (barring the success of an 11th hour GOP appeal) and reanimated the Democrat with two months remaining on the campaign trail.

Their undramatic face-to-face showdown didn’t deter Addiego from being critical of the 2-1 appeals court ruling Tuesday in Lewis’s favor.

“I am extremely disappointed in the decision,” the senator told PolitickerNJ.com. “Obviously I think they should appeal it. It’s a travesty.”

Addiego said she wasn’t surprised to learn of Lewis’s vagueness on the issues.

“That just brings the point home that you need to live in a district in order to be familiar with the issues of that district,” she jabbed, a reference to Lewis’s nagging obstacle of trying to prove New Jersey residency.

Asked to identify the pertinent issues of her re-election effort, Addiego said, “We need to bring business to New Jersey and keep jobs here. We need to cut the red tape and make government smaller.”

Given residency question, Addiego says she’s not surprised Lewis unfamiliar with specifics on issues