The New Jersey primary has arrived, but don’t expect New Jersey voters to flock to the polls. NJ Spotlight writer Colleen O’Dea says Republican voters don’t really have a reason to show up Tuesday.
O’Dea joined NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller to break down Tuesday’s primary. Now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has clinched the GOP nomination, O’Dea says Republican voters may not be inclined to vote in this year’s primary.
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In South Jersey, 21-year incumbent Rob Andrews faces Francis X. Tenaglio, a retired teacher who last held public office in 1978 in District 1, which includes Camden County.
“There are a lot of reasons to go out and vote in that primary because Andrews has had some kind of publc realtions problems in terms of spending his campaign money,” O’Dea said.
Along with GOP nominee already decided, O’Dea says the low voter turnout expected Tuesday is also caused by the lack of challengers.
“Incumbant congressman are very well funded and they’ve got a lot of money and it just makes hard for anyone to challenge them.”
WHYY’s Phil Gregory will have a report on Tuesday’s primary on NewsWorks Tonight.