The Editors Write: The charismatic rabbi running as a Republican is no garden-variety politician. Going into this election cycle, many perhaps did not see Boteach’s candidacy as a serious proposition. His national reputation was not built on the nuts and bolts of crafting legislation. Still, he has proved a worthy opponent for Pascrell. The rabbi has campaigned vigorously and has cited a need for Republicans to move past divisive social questions — such as marriage equality and reproductive choices – and to focus more on the economy and foreign policy.
Noting that, Pascrell still remains the more qualified, skilled and effective legislative choice for the people of the new 9th District, which contains a large swath of residents in Passaic, Bergen and Hudson counties who have been hit hard during the recession and who are struggling to find and keep jobs.
During the bitter primary fight, Rothman tried to characterize Pascrell as not a true Democrat because he was all too willing to work with Republicans. Congress needs more such Democrats – and Republicans as well – willing to look for points of compromise when possible and willing to fight for principles that are not debatable.