New Jersey Beachgoers Can’t Avoid Congressional Politics

June 30, 2016

By Eli Yokley 

As beachgoers head to the New Jersey shore for the long Independence Day weekend, they will not be able to get away from a quintessential American pastime: Big spending in election-year politics.

On Sunday and Monday, the House Majority PAC – a super PAC that works to elect House Democrats – will target Jersey beachgoers from Belmar to Sandy Hook, with a message blasting New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett.

A banner trailing a plane will read, “SCOTT GARRETT: ANTI-GAY BIGOTRY WONT FLY,” House Majority PAC Communications Director Jeb Fain said Thursday. 

“From land, sea, and sky, House Majority PAC is making sure as many voters as possible learn the facts about Congressman Garrett’s hateful agenda,” Fain said. Garrett has reportedly said he would not support the National Republican Congressional Committee over its support of  gay candidates.

The House Majority PAC has taken a particular, early interest in unseating Garrett in New Jersey’s 5th District. The seven-term lawmaker was the group’s first target in television commercial spending, focusing on the same message.  Already, it has spent $320,000 to run the spot.

Democrat Josh Gottheimer, a lawyer and a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, is his Democratic opponent.