NJ Legislative Races Overshadowed By Other Elections

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. September 25, 2013

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New Jersey Statehouse
New Jersey Statehouse

The race for a U.S. Senate seat and the election for New Jersey Governor are getting a lot of attention, but every seat in the state legislature is also up for election this year.

Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray says there are only about six competitive New Jersey legislative races.  He does not expect Republicans will gain enough seats to take control of the Senate or Assembly.

“Most the Democrats are running campaigns that are trying to align themselves with Chris Christie, saying they’ve worked with him, but they’re running specific campaigns to tarnish the Republican opponent, saying that particular person is not acceptable.”

Montclair State political science professor Brigid Harrison also doubts Republicans will be able to take control of the Senate. 

“In order for Republicans to capture the state senate they really need to rely on Governor Christie to get those non-incumbent state senate candidates elected. They’re not going to go out and do that on their own. So far we haven’t seen the governor spending lots of time in those vulnerable districts.”

Harrison says most of the legislative candidates have been relying on local campaigns to meet voters.

“I think that you’ll see many more television ads, and I think that perhaps you’ll see even some of the top of the ticket candidates working with those more down ballot candidates in both the Assembly and the state Senate in combining resources. By the time election day rolls around voters certainly will be sick of those ads.”


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