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Four first-time NJ Dems sworn into US House seats.

Byline: Daniel J. Munoz

Mikie Sherrill, D-11th District; Jeff Van Drew, D-2nd District; Tom Malinowski, D-7th District; and Andy Kim, D-3rd District, assumed their first-time roles in the House. That leaves Rep. Chris Smith, R-4th District, as the sole Republican Congressman in New Jersey.

Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat, was also sworn in, following a tooth and nail fight against GOP challenger and former Celgene executive Bob Hugin.

Incumbents Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st District; Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th District; Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6th District; Rep. Albio Sires, D-8th District; Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-9th District; Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-10th District; and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12th District, were also sworn in.

Nationwide, Democrats are taking a House majority amidst a partial federal government shutdown.

They are expected to pass a funding bill which will not include $5 billion towards funding a controversial border wall - the main reason President Donald Trump said he will not sign the budget Congress sends him. The shutdown is now in its 13th day.

"Senate Republicans will then have a chance to pass the same spending bills they approved last month, and to prove they can still act independently," Malinowski said on Twitter Wednesday. "Or they can keep covering for a man whose selfishness and recklessness lost them the election."

Sherrill, on Twitter, said that she will not accept her Congressional paycheck as long as the federal shutdown continues.

"Eight hundred thousand federal workers are not receiving their paychecks, including thousands in New Jersey," Sherrill said. "I came here to govern, not engage in partisan politics at the expense of hard working Americans."

Kim narrowly unseated GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur, who was elected in 2016. MacArthur's key role in reviving legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act made him unpopular in his own district.

Sherrill won against Asm. Jay Webber, R-26th District, after longtime incumbent GOP Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen vacated his seat.

Van Drew won in a race against GOP candidate Seth Grossman to fill the seat of outgoing Rep. Frank LoBiondo. Malinowski won against Leonard Lance, who was first elected in 2008.View the full article from NJBIZ at http://www.njbiz.com/article/20190103/NJBIZ01/190109961/four-firsttime-nj-dems-sworn-into-us-house-seats. Copyright 2019 BridgeTower Media. All Rights Reserved.

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