PATERSON, NJ – Restaurants, banquet halls, public squares, and government offices – those are some of the traditional places where candidates kick off their election campaigns.
It’s not often that they conduct such ceremonies at their homes. But that’s what Rep. Bill Pascrell did on Monday, inviting his supporters and the media to 441 9th Avenue along the border of Paterson’s 3rd and 4th Wards.
After all, his Paterson home - and the fact that he’s lived there for decades – is one of Pascrell’s campaign issues in his Democratic congressional primary against Rep. Steve Rothman.
Any chance he gets, Pascrell points out that Rothman had to move to a new home in a new town in order to run in the reconfigured 9th congressional district.
"Someone told me, 'You don't want to live here, this neighborhood is changing,'" politickernj.com quoted him telling the crowd gathered on his blocked-off street. "I know what they meant and you know what they meant, and I said, 'I know it's changing. That's why I want to live here.'"