Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Democratic candidate for Recent Yorks twelfth Congressional District, campaigns on the 79th St. Greenmarket on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, on Sunday, August 21, 2022.
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Rep. Jerry Nadler will defeat his colleague Rep. Carolyn Maloney in a vicious House primary that locked the longtime Recent York Democrats in a battle for the guts of Manhattan, NBC News projected.
The 2 lawmakers were pitted against one another after a redrawn district map spurred them to compete for a single seat in Congress.
Nadler, 75, and Maloney, 76, have represented adjoining chunks of the island for about three a long time. Each hold powerful seats in Congress: Nadler chairs the House Judiciary Committee, while Maloney leads the House Oversight Committee.
Nadler’s congressional district had included the Upper West Side, while Maloney’s covered much of the eastern half of Manhattan. But their separate districts were combined in May, the results of a messy and highly controversial redistricting process.
Each Nadler and Maloney announced they might run for the newly formed twelfth Congressional District. Suraj Patel, who has challenged Maloney in two previous primary elections, was also on the ballot.
Despite their long history, the first fight between Nadler and Maloney was anything but neighborly.
“He said, ‘Step aside, I’m running.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m running too. I’m not leaving,'” Maloney said in a Recent York Magazine profile of the race. “He said, ‘I’m gonna win.’ I said, ‘I’m gonna win.’ We’ve not spoken since,” she said.
Maloney has also fanned rumors that Nadler won’t serve out his full term if elected and that he’s senile and unfit for office — charges Nadler’s campaign has denied.
Nadler has highlighted the differences of their voting records, saying Maloney has been “flawed on very major issues” including her “cowardly” vote for the Patriot Act, Recent York Magazine reported. Nadler has also made his Jewish faith a central a part of his pitch to voters.
Maloney, meanwhile, has sought to center her experiences as a lady in politics while touting her record on social issues — including abortion, a galvanizing topic within the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade. She has been endorsed by famed attorney and feminist activist Gloria Steinem.
“You can’t send a person to do a lady’s job,” Maloney said in a recent television ad.
Correction: This report has been updated to appropriately describe the world of Maloney’s former congressional district.