Gov. Phil Murphy is trying to help boost the 52-28 Democratic majority in the State Assembly by headlining a high-dollar fundraiser next week.
He’ll join Speaker Craig Coughlin and Majority Leader Louis Greenwald for the virtual event on May 6. Ticket prices range from $5,000 to $25,000.
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The best chance for Democrats to pick up seats in the lower house is in the 8th district, where two Republican incumbents are not seeking re-election.
Evesham Democratic Municipal Chairman Marc Natale and Lenape Regional High School Board of Education member Allison Eckel are seeking to flip two seats in a legislative district Democrats haven’t won since 1973. They face Republicans Michael Torrissi, Jr., a Hammonton councilman, and Lumberton Township Administrator Brandon Umba.
Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield (R-Westampton) is giving up her seat after two years to take on State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham). Addiego is running as a Democrat for the first time after switching parties in 2019. Assemblyman Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) is not seeking re-election.
Democrats are defending two seats in the 2nd district, where Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) is seeking an open Senate seat. Assemblyman John Armato (D-Buena) is running with Atlantic County Commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick.
The 2nd is where Republicans believe they can make some gains. They’re running former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and former deputy state attorney general Claire Swift for Assembly.