New Jersey Democrats Reps. Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman — facing one another in a primary election after their districts were merged as a result of redistricting — exchanged heated accusations of dirty politics in the hours before voting got underway on Tuesday. Rothman’s team complained about possible irregularities and had a county elections superintendent impound 2,000 absentee ballots they found suspicious. Late Monday night a judge ruled that decision went too far and ordered the ballots be counted.
Pascrell called the effort “the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen in politics” when he went to vote Tuesday morning. His campaign manager, Justin Myers, said the effort “rings eerily similar to Republican efforts across the country to impede people’s rights to vote.”