A New Jersey Republican Senate candidate is blaming single mothers for trailing incumbent Cory Booker (D) by 20 points in the latest polls, the Ashbury Park Press reports.
Jeff Bell told the Press that “I’ve done a lot of thinking about this and looked at a lot of different polls, I think it has more to do with the rise in single women.”
“Single mothers particularly are automatically Democratic because of the benefits,” he added. “They need benefits to survive, and so that kind of weds them to the Democratic Party.”
He then blamed the decline in marriage rates for his inability to appeal to New Jersey voters, saying that “single women who have never married and don’t have children are also that way. If you take married women, they aren’t that different from married men. So it’s really a problem with the decline in marriage rates. The Democrats do benefit from that.”
“It’s not surprising that women across New Jersey are supporting Sen. Booker,” campaign spokeswoman Silvia Alvarez told the Press. “Whether it is his fighting to expand college affordability, equal pay, increasing the minimum wage or expanding access to women’s health care, New Jerseyans can always count on Sen. Booker to reach across the aisle to find bipartisan solutions to the issues affecting our state.”
Or, as another of Booker’s spokeswomen, Julie Roginsky, noted on Twitter:
— Julie Roginsky (@julieroginsky) October 9, 2014