Last week was the filing deadline for the major party nominations for Congress and four people filed in the New Jersey's 2nd district. Frank LoBiondo faces two primary challengers: Linda Biamonte and Donna Ward. Biamante is a Tea Party type challenging from the right. Personally I sure hope she doesn't have any success, but she has gotten a bit of press. Donna Ward was easily beaten by LoBiondo last time. She ran as a "Constitutional Republican" (aka a Ron Paul-type, I think) and refused to endorse LoBiondo.
The big Democratic names--Van Drew, Whelan--all passed. 2012 does seem like a potentially better year assuming the economy recovers. Meanwhile, no low-level Democrats stepped up to challenge LoBiondo the way long-shot challengers Dave Kurkowski and Viola Thomas-Hughes did in the last two cycles. But wait, we have Gary Stein He ran previously for Congress and Governor as a long-shot third party candidate. So he quite smartly has effectively grabbed the Democratic nomination. I'm not sure I can vote for him, so who knows, I may become a LoBiondo supporter! Well, we'll say what Mr. Stein says in the campaign. I trust the bit about UFOs on his website is a joke or a hack. Still, if you really want to shake things up you could vote for Stein.
In any case, LoBiondo is the overwhelming favorite for re-election at this point.
January 19: late for meeting and work
12 hours ago