Oct 29, 2014 09:03 PM
One outcome is nearly certain in New Jersey's 12th District race for Congress: A woman will win the election.
Both major-party candidates are women, and barring an upset from an independent, one of them will become the first to represent New Jersey in Washington, D.C., in more than a decade. The election also presents an opportunity for one candidate to break through a race and gender barrier: If Democratic frontrunner Bonnie Watson Coleman wins, she'll be the state's first female African-American in Congress. Yet despite their shared gender, Watson Coleman, who serves Central Jersey's 15th district in the General Assembly, and her Republican challenger, Dr. Alieta Eck, who practices medicine in Piscataway, strongly disagree on women's issues and almost every other. Watson Coleman prides herself on her progressive credentials and outspokenness against Gov. Chris Christie's administration, while Eck espouses strictly conservative ideals on issues like reproductive health, role of government, and viability of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "At the end of the day we've got one candidate who thinks the federal government has a responsibility to its citizens and one candidate who thinks the federal government is of little use," said Watson Coleman. If past equals prologue, Watson Coleman's philosophies will prevail this election cycle. She's running in a safely Democratic Central New Jersey district to replace popular Democratic Congressman Rush Holt, who endorsed her ... Full Article