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Where NJ Democrats are on Pelosi

At least 6 votes out of New Jersey — probably 7

By David Wildstein, November 28 2018 9:36 am

Nancy Pelosi faces her first vote on her road to becoming the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives today, when the Democratic caucus meets today to pick their candidate.

Pelosi is expected to get at least six votes out of the eleven-member New Jersey House delegation.  Two Democrats have said they would oppose her – if they stick to that –and three have not yet announced his intentions.

One of the undecided voters is Rep.-elect Andy Kim (D-Marlton), who said during his successful campaign against Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) that he would not back Pelosi.  After his narrow victory, Kim moved himself into the undecided column.  He told a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter that he was “not making any commitments.”

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), a leader of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, has not yet announced his intentions.  Pelosi met with the group last week.

Reps.-elect Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) said during the 2018 campaign that they would not support Pelosi’s return as speaker.  Van Drew has since reiterated his opposition to a Pelosi return; Sherrill has not publicly addressed the issue, but she is widely expected to follow her campaign promise.

Rep.-elect Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill) announced on November 23 that he would support Pelosi.  During his campaign to oust Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton), Malinowski declined to announce his preferences in contests for House leadership.

Pelosi picked up two North Jersey Democrats who had previously expressed some opposition to her: Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) and Albio Sires (D-West New York).

Pascrell had publicly opposed Pelosi earlier this year and was considered a key ally of Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-New York), a potential candidate for speaker who lost his own bid for renomination.  Sires, who likely would have backed Crowley, went all in for Pelosi three days after his party captured control of the House.

Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) said a few days after the election that he would support Pelosi.

Payne, Pascrell and Sires are poised to assume influential subcommittee chairmanships in the next Congress.

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