The leader of the Democratic Party in New Jersey wants the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to put resources into CD5.
The question in the minds of some Democrats is whether there’s sufficient time – and national will – to act on a contest where the incumbent movement conservative Republican leads in the money contest: $3 million to $300K.
A Monmouth University poll last week shows Democratic challenger Roy Cho within striking distance of knocking off incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) – a poll that has Democrats both elated – and, in some cases, a little depressed.
“We blew it,” a party source confessed drearily to PolitickerNJ, referring to national Democratic Party efforts on behalf of Democratic candidate Aimee Belgard from Burlington rather than Cho. “We put too much attention on CD3 and not enough on CD5.”
But Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie said it’s not over, and is lobbying the leader of the DCCC to help take out Garrett.
“I’m excited as hell about CD 5,” Currie told PolitickerNJ today. “We have encouraged Congressman [Steve] Israel to get involved in CD 5.”
Currie said he organized a Ringwood event in July for Cho and on just one letter, 60 people showed up, proving what he said was an early show of support for the Democratic challenger.
“I saw it then,” said the chairman. “I really think the model we have will be effective and I think Roy Cho can be the biggest upset in the country.”
Following U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) rally in the City of Passaic, a county source told PolitickerNJ that U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) is also reaching out to Israel on behalf of Cho.