The wave of leftist Democratic Congressmen from North Jersey will have to wait at least another cycle.
One of the biggest takeaways of the still unofficial July 7 primary results is Democratic voters in New Jersey are not ready to make the jump to the liberal wing of the party that has happened in the last two election cycles across the Hudson River.
The Sen. Bernie Sanders candidate tree in North Jersey—tring to capture the New York magic of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018 and Jamaal Bowman in 2020—attempted to defeat reliable Democrats in this year’s primary, promising a more aggressive progressive agenda than incumbent elected officials.
But the numbers show party voters rejecting those overtures in a big way.
The 9th Congressional District candidate Hector Oseguera, who promoted his work on AOC’s primary win in 2018 in his bid, was soundly defeated by a 72%-25% margin by Rep. Albio Sires.
In the 5th Congressional District, Arati Kreibich highlighted her endorsement from Sanders as well as Squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley in her attempt to unseat Rep. Josh Gottheimer. The endorsements failed to move the needle, with Gottheimer defeating the Glen Rock councilwoman by 50 percentage points.
Sanders campaign manager in New Jersey, Lawrence Hamm, fared even worse in his contest against Sen. Cory Booker. Hamm currently trails the former Newark mayor by a 89%-11% count.
And Sanders? Oh yeah, he lost the Presidential primary contest in New Jersey by 72 percentage points to the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The Republician Party message going into the 2020 elections is beginning to take shape and goes something along these lines: The Radical Left is driving the agenda of the Socialist Democrats led by Bernie Sanders and AOC.
The results of North Jersey’s primary tell a different story. Democrats want elected officials who stand up for those they serve, working to make it a more equal America for all. The reality is that leaders of the Democratic party are Biden and Pelosi, not who test groups tell GOP strategists to use in Facebook ads.
In a data driven world, voting results are the most reliable numbers we can glean a message from. And the July 7 voting results overwhelmingly showed a rejection of the extreme left.