NJ Politics Digest: Calling Diversity ‘Crap’ Pays Off for GOP House Candidate

Not everyone is shunning the GOP's congressional candidate for the 2nd District.

Seth Grossman.
Seth Grossman. Seth Grossman

Atlantic County politician Seth Grossman caught a lot of flak after reports surfaced that he’d called diversity “a bunch of crap and unAmerican.” He lost the support of the National Republican Congressional Committee in July following reports he posted a link from a white supremacist website.

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But not everyone is shunning the GOP’s congressional candidate for the 2nd District.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Grossman’s contributions nearly tripled when compared to his previous fundraising after reports about his diversity comments made headlines in June. The paper said campaign finance reports show Grossman’s contributions went from about $13,000 to $36,000 after the publicity.

But Grossman’s Democratic opponent, state Senator Jeff Van Drew has raised much more than the Republican, raising more than $1 million.

The two are competing for the seat currently held by Republican Frank LoBiondo, who is not seeking re-election.

Earlier this month, Grossman penned an op-ed piece saying he “believe blacks are equal to whites in every way” and can succeed without quotas or other preferences. He attended an NAACP meeting in Millville earlier this month.

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