Courier Post
October 31, 2016

The Courier-Post’s recent endorsement of Donald Norcross ("Editorial: Norcross deserves another term in Congress,” Oct. 30) ignores the realities confronting South Jersey and instead places a premium upon process at the expense of substance.

New Jersey’s 1st Congressional District continues to shed jobs – even as the national unemployment rate has dropped. Yet, the incumbent has little to show for his time in Congress – no major legislation in Washington, and no growth here at home. The reality is that Norcross’s spasms of empathy have not added a single job to South Jersey, even if he has emerged as a darling of Wall Street.

To be sure, my candidacy has been about revitalizing our economy, helping American workers and restoring our sense of security. Sadly, we have seen our family structure erode and the plight of our citizen-workers decline as they have been battered and buffeted by the ramifications of illegal immigration and globalization.

As the Courier rightly notes, opioids pose a serious health problem – and as I have made clear, we do need more research, prevention and treatment programs to address drug issues.

But, underlying the drug epidemic, and very much a cause of the disintegration of the family and other resulting needs, is the growing despair of a middle class beset by the loss of our best-paying manufacturing jobs, the pressures of porous borders, and anemic economic growth.

When a region faces as many challenges as we do, elected officials must prioritize. If we can restore for South Jerseyans the pride of an honest day’s work and the security of a family wage, many of the other problems we face in our communities will dissipate.

I spend every day listening to the people of the 1st District; I see the anxiety in their eyes and I'm determined to put their economic well-being first and foremost by delivering 50,000 high wage jobs to South Jersey.

Bob Patterson

Republican nominee for 1st Congressional District