Dems Pour Money Into New Jersey Race Thought Safe

HADDONFIELD, N.J. (AP) -

A national Democratic group has been pouring money on a southern New Jersey congressional race thought to be safe, even though a neighboring district is considered competitive — the sort of place where the candidate can use all the help she can get.

Sometimes, decisions like that can signal that internal polls view a competitive race as out of reach.

But House Majority PAC, which is advertising on behalf of Donald Norcross in his race against Republican Garry Cobb, says that’s not the case.

“House Majority PAC has received a number of donations to be spent in support of Donald Norcross to make sure this seat stays in Democratic hands,” said the D.C.-based PAC.

The group has spent $238,000 this month supporting Norcross, with spending that by law cannot be coordinated with the campaign.

The nearby 3rd District has Republican Tom MacArthur and Democrat Aimee Belgard competing to replace retiring Republican Jon Runyan. A poll last week showed MacArthur leading.