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Brown: Testa a ‘wonderful choice’ for LD1

By Nikita Biryukov, July 26 2018 3:26 pm

State Sen. Chris Brown said Cumberland County Republican Chairman Michael Testa would be a great pick to fill State Sen. Jeff Van Drew’s seat if the latter beats out Seth Grossman for retiring Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s House seat.

“There’s a deep bench in the 1st district who would represent families very well,” Brown said. “The name I’ve heard thus far is Michael Testa, who I believe would be a wonderful choice”

Brown stressed that he was not attempting to pick a candidate for the district.

Republicans in the first legislative district have increasingly been eyeing Van Drew’s seat, which the senator has held since beating out Republican incumbent Nicholas Asselta by more than 11 points in 2007.

An internal poll commissioned by the Senate Republican Leadership PAC earlier this month showed a generic ballot in the district evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. 

Though, perhaps more important is President Donald Trump’s approval rating in the district, which the poll pegged at 52%. Trump carried the district in 2016 by roughly 8,600 votes, a little more than half of Van Drew’s senate reelection margin in 2017.

The underlying data behind the poll was not shared, making ascertaining the reliability of the figures difficult, said Monmouth University Pollster Patrick Murray.

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