Environmental activist David Pringle is expected to drop his bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district.
Pringle had failed to gain any traction in his race to challenge Rep. Leonard Lance, although he did get the vote of former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli at the Hunterdon County Democratic convention.
The clear front-runner for the nomination is former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Tom Malinowski, who has won the organization lines in Union, Hunterdon, Warren, Warren and Essex counties. The field of candidates — once at seven — is now down to three, with attorney Goutam Jois and 2016 candidate Peter Jacob remaining in the race.
The longtime New Jersey Environmental Federation director has spent decades as a powerful environmental activist – his state group touts a membership of 100,000. Pringle might be remembered best for his 2009 endorsement of Chris Christie over the incumbent Democratic Governor, Jon Corzine. It was a decent attempt to influence environmental policy in a Republican administration, but whatever alliance there was fell apart within the first year. Pringle’s decision created a permanent rift within the state environmental community.
Pringle wasn’t the only Democrat to back Christie – publicly or privately. Most others have been forgiven, more or less, by the Democratic establishment.