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Pascrell taking Spezakis challenge seriously

Democratic congressman faces challenge from the left

By Nikita Biryukov, September 02 2019 1:33 pm

Rep. Bill Pascrell is taking his primary challenger seriously.

“I never take anything for granted,” the congressman said.

In June, environmental activist Zina Spezakis announced a primary challenge to the 12-term congressman.

The primary challenge isn’t the first Pascrell has seen in his long tenure.

“We went through a tough primary in 2012. No one ever takes me for granted because I don’t yield and I’m going to vote my mind and my conscience. I work very hard in my district every year for whomever I’m representing, and they know where I stand,” Pascrell said. “People don’t vote for me necessarily because I’m a Democrat. People vote for me because I have their best interests. My record proves that.”

The ninth congressional district is safely Democratic.

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