Democrat Pascrell keeps New Jersey US House seat

The Record

November 5, 2014

by Herb Jackson

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. of Paterson defeated Democrat-turned-Republican Dierdre G. Paul of Englewood to win his 10th term in the one of the state’s most heavily Democratic districts.

The Associated Press called the race for Pascrell by 10 p.m.

Pascrell, 77, serves on the Ways and Means Committee that writes tax bills. He said one issue he wants Congress to address when it returns is corporate “inversions,” the practice of companies buying an overseas firm and incorporating under that subsidiary to pay lower corporate taxes.

Pascrell, a former Paterson mayor, won a fierce battle in the 2012 Democratic primary when part of his district and part of neighboring Rep. Steve Rothman’s were combined through mandatory redistricting.

While in Congress, Pascrell has remained a force in local politics, and this year took the rare step of attacking a colleague in the New Jersey delegation while campaigning with his opponent. Joining fellow Democrat Roy Cho to highlight a federal grant for Paramus police, Pascrell attacked six-term Rep. Scott Garrett, R-Wantage, for voting to cut the grant program. Pascrell and Garrett both serve on the House Budget Committee, where they have argued about spending cuts.

Paul, 50, is a Montclair State University professor who switched her party registration from Republican to Democrat last year, when she ran unsuccessfully for state Assembly.

While Pascrell raised $1.7 million for his campaign and had $1 million in his account on Oct. 15, Paul raised only $9,205 and had $5,000 on hand on Sept. 30. Paul’s disclosure of fundraising and spending from Oct. 1 to 15 was not filed by the legal deadline, according to the Federal Election Commission.

The 9th District has the state’s third-heaviest concentration of Democrats; President Obama received 69 percent of the vote there in 2012. The district includes parts of Bergen County, from Cresskill to Fort Lee to Garfield; parts of Passaic County, including Clifton, Passaic and Paterson; and Secaucus and part of Kearny in Hudson County.

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