Inside Elections just released its new congressional race ratings.

WASHINGTON — Democratic chances just improved to win four Republican-held House seats in New Jersey and retain one of their own, according to one of the Washington-based publications that track congressional races.

In its latest rankings, Inside Elections for the first time gave an edge to the Democrats in two open seat races now held by Republicans: the 2nd District being vacated by Rep. Frank LoBiondo and the 11th District, where Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is retiring.

The publication downgraded the re-election chances of Reps. Tom MacArthur, R-3rd Dist., and Leonard Lance, R-7th Dist., and made freshman Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s a stronger bet to win a second term.

Inside Elections editor and publisher Nathan Gonzales called Gottheimer, who had banked $3.3 million, “a fundraising machine.” The House Majority PAC, a super political action committee aligned with House Democrats, erected billboards in Bergen and Sussex counties in support of Gottheimer.

Anti-Trump wave crashing N.J.

The updated ratings were released Wednesday as Trump’s continued unpopularity and Democratic fundraising prowess in the state hampers Republican candidates in a midterm election widely seen as a referendum on the president.

A Monmouth University poll released last month said just 35 percent of New Jersey voters approved of Trump’s performance in office, and just 36 percent backed the Republican tax bill that curbed the federal deduction for state and local taxes.

“Voters are rightfully disgusted with a Republican agenda that punishes countless New Jersey families with higher health care premiums and increased taxes,” said Evan Lukaske, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“With unprecedented grassroots energy and an impressive field of challengers, Democrats are firing on all cylinders heading into 2018.”

National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Chris Martin disregarded the ratings.

“The economy is booming, taxes are lower …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News

      

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