Former State Department official Andy Kim (D), who is challenging Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-03), and Navy veteran Josh Welle (D), who is waging a longshot bid against Rep. Chris Smith (R-04), said over the weekend they would not back Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader. Now, every Democratic nominee running in a GOP-held seat has disavowed Pelosi except for former Obama administration official Tom Malinowski (D). (New Jersey Globe/New Jersey Globe)
They join state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D) in NJ-02 and ex-Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill (D) in NJ-11.
THE GOP NJ-02 CONUNDRUM. Former Atlantic City Councilman Seth Grossman (R) “won his primary by trying to mirror President Trump’s no-holds-barred rhetoric at nearly every turn. After he was heard in a video saying that ‘diversity is a bunch of crap and un-American,’ he offered a complicated explanation before doubling down on his comments.”
“In a fund-raising email … he amplified his views on diversity by attacking a new initiative by” Gov. Phil Murphy (D) “to diversify state law enforcement agencies. ‘If you want to know where this evil and un-American idea of ‘diversity’ will take us, go to Afghanistan, Lebanon, or Syria,’ Mr. Grossman wrote. ‘Before Governor Murphy completely screws up the State Police with his diversity quotas, why not try it on the Rutgers basketball team, and see if it helps them win more games.’”
“Grossman also may have lost the chance of receiving financial support from the state and national party.” The NRCC “declined to comment on Mr. Grossman’s comments, but it has no plans to invest in the race as it does in other state races. The New Jersey Republican State Committee also has no plans for now to provide financial help to Mr. Grossman.” (New York Times)
And there’s more: A CNN review of Grossman’s Facebook found he has “said diversity leads to Muslims killing Christians and that Kwanzaa is a fake holiday made by black racists to divide America.” The NRCC “declined to comment on Grossman’s posts.” (CNN)