To the Editor:
As we near the November 6, 2018 midterm election, numerous signs point to a “blue wave” of Democratic enthusiasm cresting over New Jersey. The fight to restore the balance of power in both chambers of Congress begins in our state, where U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, whose voting record demonstrates a strong history of defending health care accessibility, the right of women to choose, LGBT rights, and protecting the environment, faces a critical re-election campaign that depends on a strong turnout from all parts of the state.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic candidates must flip a total of 23 Republican-held seats to gain the pivotal U.S. House majority. Opportunities to flip five of these seats are present in New Jersey alone, as strong Democratic challengers Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02), Andy Kim (NJ-03), Josh Welle (NJ-04), Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), and Mikie Sherill (NJ-11) run on a platform of enacting legislation to lift up all Americans and to protect the rights we have fought so hard to secure. All these candidates are inspiring grassroots enthusiasm powered by women, people of color, and young people, reminiscent of the 2006 midterm election, where Democratic candidates flipped dozens of seats and control of Congress blue. more