New Jersey is the only state that is scheduled to hold legislative elections this fall


The entire 80-person Assembly will be up for a two-year term in November, while the 40-member state Senate will be up for a four-year term. Each of the Garden's State's legislative districts elects one senator and two assemblymembers, and the districts are exactly the same for both chambers. Democrats hold a 24-16 majority in the Senate and a 52-28 majority in the Assembly.


Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump 55-41, a small drop from Barack Obama's 58-41 win four years before. Both Clinton and Obama won 28 of the 40 seats, with Clinton trading two Obama seats for two Romney districts. Interestingly, Democratic state Senate President Steve Sweeney sits in a seat that went from Obama to Trump, while GOP Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean's district went from Romney to Clinton. Sweeney's South Jersey LD-03 swung from 55-44 Obama to 50-46, while Kean's central SD-21 drifted from 52-47 Romney to 53-43 Clinton. 

The other Obama/Trump seat is SD-01 in South Jersey, which is represented by Sen. Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat who has flirted with running against GOP Rep. Frank LoBiondo each cycle for over a decade but has never gone for it. The remaining Romney-to-Clinton seat is LD-25 in Morris County in the northern part of the state. Both Obama/Trump seats have all-Democratic legislative delegations, while the two Romney/Clinton districts still send only Republicans to the legislature.

The two Democratic state senators and four assemblymembers referenced above are the only Democratic legislators who hail from Trump seats, while a grand total of six Republican senators and seven assemblymembers come from Clinton constituencies.

Dems a good pickup shot at LD-07, a coastal seat that backed Clinton 62-35. GOP state Sen. Diane Allen has consistently pulled off decisive wins here, but she's retiring this year. 




Peg Schaffer of Bedminster, chairwoman of the committee, will be endorsing Phil Murphy for governor in 2017.

“It was important to me to keep my promise to focus our organization on the Presidential election,'' Schaffer said. "Our Party was delivered quite a shock on the national level, making it even more crucial that we get started working on electing a Democratic governor in New Jersey.

“After speaking to my executive committee and municipal chairs, I believe, without question Phil Murphy is the best candidate for governor,'' she added. "We share Phil’s ideas for the future of New Jersey, protecting the middle class, a stronger minimum wage, equal pay and making college more affordable.

"I’ve been very impressed with Phil and his wife Tammy’s creation of 2nd Floor, a helpline aimed at helping New Jersey’s youth and young adults,'' Schaffer said. "After years of Chris Christie, Ambassador Murphy is the man to get New Jersey back on the right track.”

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  • published this page 2017-02-09 11:23:21 -0500