Shmuley Boteach Loses to Pascrell in New Jersey

Rabbi Falls in Uphill Bid for Congressional Seat


Published November 06, 2012, issue of November 16, 2012.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has lost his bid for a congressional seat from New Jersey.

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The Orthodox rabbi, author and media personality was handily defeated in his effort to unseat Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.). Boteach mounted a longshot run as a Republican in the heavily Democratic northeastern New Jersey district.

Pascrell previously had defeated fellow Democratic incumbent Rep. Steve Rothman in a redistricting-induced party primary.

With virtually all the votes counted, Boteach trailed by a roughly 3-1 margin.

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