NJ Politics Digest: Which NJ Dems Vote With Trump?

U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman at a press event in Newark.
U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman at a press event in Newark. Alyana Alfaro for Observer

New Jersey is home to both the Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives who voted the most for legislation supported by President Donald Trump, and to one of the Democrats who opposed him the most.

The Congressional Quarterly’s annual vote ratings show Rep. John Gottheimer, who hails from a district that last elected a Republican, supported the president 76.7 percent of the time, according to a story by NJ.com. Meanwhile, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman voted against Trump 93.3 percent of the time, placing her second among those in her party opposing the president. The dichotomy shows the differences between the moderate and progressive wings of both the state and national Democratic party, according to experts quoted by NJ.com.

Gottheimer’s district is one of only two in New Jersey that’s gone for the Republican candidate in each of the last five presidential elections. He is a leader of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

Watson Coleman, meanwhile, told NJ.com she was disappointed she came in second in her opposition to Trump’s efforts. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison voted against Trump the most.

In the Senate, New Jersey’s Cory Booker led the opposition, voting against the president 82.4 percent of the time.

Rep. Chris Smith, the sole Republican representing New Jersey in the House of Representatives, was among the top 10 GOP lawmakers who supported Democratic efforts, casting ballots opposed by a majority of his party 15.9 percent of the time, according to the report.

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