I knew they might be a little ticked off, but I really wasn’t prepared for their profane, profound — and possibly, prophetic — rage.
They are Mikie Sherrill voters from Sussex, Essex, Passaic and Morris counties who are utterly livid about President Donald Trump. And if you want to know whether Democrats might take charge of Congress this November, pay some extra attention to them.
You see, New Jersey’s 11th congressional district — Sherrill’s — is special: Although it’s GOP Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen was re-elected in 2016 by 19 points, Trump won the 11th by less than a percentage point.
In other words, the 11th closely mirrors the three states that gave Trump the presidency: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where Clinton lost by 0.2, 0.7 and 0.8 percentage points, respectively. Just one point better in each, and she’d have the White House today.
So with Frelinghuysen retiring, a desperate skirmish is being waged in the 11th, as it might once more become a bellwether for national politics.
With that in mind, I set out to pay extra attention to what’s motivating Sherrill’s Democratic voters at a rally with former Vice President Joe Biden at Montclair State University on Wednesday,
Here’s what they had to say.