Haddonfield, NJ -- Bob Patterson will debate incumbent Congressman Donald Norcross tonight at Rowan College in Glassboro and bring his message of Jobs for South Jersey to Gloucester County.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to discuss the differences between us and to promote my plans to bring 50,000 high-wage jobs to South Jersey," Patterson said. 'High-wage jobs and a strong manufacturing economy will go a long way to solving many of the economic and cultural problems plaguing South Jerseyans."
Tonight's debate, sponsored by the Gloucester County NAACP is the only debate that Congressman Norcross has agreed to. In fact, after indicating that he would appear on 1360 AM a few weeks ago, Norcorss then ignored subsequent requests from the South Jersey Voice to actually schedule the debate and even went so far as to block the South Jersey Voice from following him on Twitter.
"I think the people of South Jersey deserve transparency, accountability and specifics from their candidates," said Patterson. "South Jerseyans are hurting. They're struggling to keep up in an economy where prices are rising, wages are falling, and full-time jobs are scare."
Patterson said that the voters he meets day-in and day-out are enthusiastic and supportive of his plans to
- bring Navy shipbuilding to Camden;
- expand PATCO to Glassboro as well as to 30th Street Station and Atlantic City;
- expand key highway corridors like I-76/NJ42, I-295, US322, and finish NJ55 to the Shore;
- create a modern civilian conservation corps that will provide work experience for young people, particularly in cities where opportunities are few and far between; and
- only buy and hire American -- from the raw materials to the finished product -- on every job site.
"South Jerseyans deserve a real plan to catalyze our region. I have that plan," Patterson said.