Recap from Second District Congressional Debate at Stockton

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Wednesday night (October 10th) was a big night for South Jersey politics as the Republican and Democrat vying for the Second District Congressional seat squared off in their first debate.

Democratic State Senator Jeff Van Drew and Republican Attorney Seth Grossman faced off at Stockton University in Galloway.

The hour-long debate was shown live on SNJ Today and featured questions on a variety of topics, including the South Jersey economy, immigration, diversity, gun control, and the currently tough political and cultural climate.

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"I judge each individual equally and impartially based on evidence and common sense," said Grossman. "I don't presume some people to be victims or survivors and others presumed to be guilty based on what group he or she belongs to. I believe government should do the same. I support President Trump to keep good-paying full-time jobs and full employment here in America."

"Everybody wants people to come together — that there used to be a time where you could cross the aisle, that there used to be a time when Republicans and Democrats worked together for a greater good [because] an issue is important," said Van Drew. "There used to be a time where great leaders understood that there are good people on both sides of the aisle and we shouldn't hate and we shouldn't just go after each constantly."

The Congressional seat is open because Republican incumbent Frank LoBiondo is retiring.

The debate was sponsored by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University, The Press of Atlantic City and SNJ Today.

To view the debate in its entirety you can log onto


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