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According to the Associated Press, Rothman said he was never offered a guarantee of $1 million or more from the DCCC if he agreed to run against Garrett instead of Pascrell.
A DCCC spokesman declined to comment to Roll Call on the story.
There is a sense among Democrats that the dilemma should have never happened in the first place. Some cite incompetence among Democrats who were involved in the map negotiations. Others cry foul against the independent tiebreaker on the state redistricting commission, John Farmer Jr. And then there are those who offer begrudging praise for Republican strategist Mike DuHaime, who led the GOP negotiations.
“Somebody is going to lose,” said Bergen County Democratic Party Chairman Lou Stellato, who is backing Rothman. “But in the end, it’s going to be the people of New Jersey.”