Analysis: Lessons learned from PA as NJ prepares for primary election

What lessons can politicians learn in the Garden State?

David Madden
May 16, 2018 - 12:32 pm
Primary Election

GLASSBORO, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- Pennsylvania's mid-term primary is behind us. New Jersey's is three weeks away. What lessons can politicians learn in the Garden State? A couple obvious ones, in the eyes of one political expert.

Ben Dworkin at the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship notes how women are playing a far more important role.  

"Women are running for office more. They're engaged in these Congressional races." Dworkin told KYW Newsradio. "And we have one in particular, Mikee Sherrill in the Morris County based 11th District, who is very likely to have a real shot at going to Washington after this election."

New Jersey already has one woman in its 12 member congressional delegation, unlike Pennsylvania which is, for now, all male. 

And then, there's general Democrat disdain for all things Washington these days. But Dworkin says successful candidates need to ride a fine line.

"They're not talking about Trump per se," he added. "They're talking about the issues. They're talking about getting things done. They're talking about bipartisanship. They're talking about being effective."

And that goes on both sides of the aisle.