Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-6 of Cherry Hill) and Gloucester CountyDemocratic Freeholder Heather Simmons teamed up to lob another round of criticism at 1st Congressional District Republican Candidate Garry Cobb on Thursday, this time blasting his stance on women's issues.

At a press conference outside of the Voorhees Town Center, Lampitt and Simmons cited remarks Cobb — who is running against Democratic State Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5 of Camden) for the seat vacated by former U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews — has made both in the past and in recent media appearances that they called "far-right" and "outside of the mainstream."

"From opposing women's right to make their own health care decisions, to wanting to get rid of the minimum wage, which supports so many women who are heads of households in New Jersey, to even criticizing invaluable programs like Head Start, Garry Cobb's positions are so outside of the mainstream and unacceptable to people in New Jersey," said Lampitt. 

Lampitt and Simmons, who is also up for reelection this fall, referred to written comments Cobb made in 2006 opposing both a women's right to choose and low-income preschool program Head Start, as well as comments he made this year saying he wanted to "put an end to" minimum wage.  

They also criticized his decision to "seek the endorsement of national Tea Party Republicans" like former U.S. Rep. Allen West. 

"Simply put, there are nine weeks until the election and the families of South Jersey deserve better," said Simmons.

Thursday's press conference follows a similar one held two weeks ago where Democrats, including Simmons, Assemblyman Gilbert "Whip" Wilson, Washington Township Mayor Barbara Wallace and Camden County Freeholder Michelle Gentek blasted Cobb's statements in recent media appearances where he blamed social programs initiated by former President Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s for the break up of African-American families. 

When asked if the repeated media events blasting Cobb were a sign the Norcross campaign was worried about the name recognition Cobb, a former pro football player and Philadelphia Eagle, could bring to the ballot in November, Lampitt said name recognition only goes so far. 

"It's not a name issue now," said Lampitt. "Once your name is out there and you've made that decision, it's all about what you do, your actions and words."

Cobb's campaign did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday afternoon. 


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