Midterms 2018: A look at South Jersey congressional choices

David Madden
November 01, 2018 - 9:05 pm
New Jersey Election

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- In Tuesday's midterms, New Jersey’s 12 congressional seats are up for grabs.
                
Perhaps the most contentious, and most expensive one can be found in the 3rd district, covering Burlington and Ocean Counties. That’s where we find incumbent Republican Tom MacArthur and Democrat Andy Kim neck in neck.
                
At Wednesday’s NJTV debate, they went after each other. Kim on MacArthur’s record.   
                
“When he took contributions from pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies and wrote their health care repeal bill,” Kim, a former national security advisor, said. “When he was the only member of Congress from New Jersey to vote yes on that tax bill.”
                
MacArthur countered he’s delivered for the district.
                
“While I’ve been doing that, my opponent has been a professional protestor,” MacArthur said. “He started an organization called “RISE Stronger” immediately after President Trump was elected.”
                
In the first district, including most of Camden and Gloucester Counties, voters will decide between a two-term incumbent and a former radio talk show host.
                
Democrat Don Norcross is an electrician by trade who’s also served in the state assembly and senate. He wants to work on the economy, education and homeland security.
                
“I’ve lived in the district my entire life,” Norcross said. “I went through my apprentice program here. I listen to people. We’ve had well over 40 town hall meetings.”

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A Republican hasn’t been elected in the first since the mid 1970s. Paul Dilks hopes to change that, suggesting Norcross centers his efforts in and around Camden.
                
“There’s certain pockets of the district that he’s never seen,” Dilks insisted. “Once I win this election, and I do believe there is a path, I’m going to be having local town halls in every town.”
                
Dilks labels himself a staunch conservative who wants to work on opioid addiction, local job creation and education, whether that’s in college or a trade school.
                
Voters in New Jersey’s Second Congressional District will choose between two seasoned politicians to replace a 12-term Republican who’s retiring
                
Frank LoBiondo went to DC on a midterm wave that helped the GOP in 1994. State Senator Jeff Van Drew hopes to return the favor for Democrats in this midterm election.
                
“Republicans and Democrats should be working together,” Van Drew, a Cape May County dentist by trade, said. “It doesn’t mean they would always agree, but it certainly means that we should have more in common that we do that would separates us.”
                
Van Drew’s priorities include Social Security and Medicare, as well as veteran affairs.
                
His Republican opponent, attorney Seth Grossman, served as an Atlantic City councilman and County Freeholder.
                
“The Democrats have proven that they’ve been taken over by a radical bunch,” said Grossman, “and the only way to stop them is to keep Republican control of Congress and protect President Trump.”
                
Grossman wants to lower the federal debt while using his allegiance to the president to help the district.