WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey congressman is trying to rally support for New Jersey to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman inserted a speech into the Congressional Record last month noting the Prudential Center in Newark, the Izod Center in East Rutherford and the New Meadowlands Stadium are suitable venues.
Rothman said that hotels, restaurants and proximity to New York City should be enough to lure Democrats to the Garden State.
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Rothman said the region has a mass transit system and has hosted “large-scale events,” including the Eastern regional finals of this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. Rothman also noted the Super Bowl will take place at New Meadowlands Stadium in 2014.
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Rothman told The Record newspaper the idea is “at the early stages.”
New Jersey last hosted a political convention in 1964 when Democrats nominated President Lyndon Johnson in Atlantic City.
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