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North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, center, files 10,492 signatures on his re-election nominating petitions.

Today is filing day in New Jersey

By David Wildstein, April 05 2021 12:01 am

The deadline for candidates to run in the June 8 Democratic and Republican primaries is 4 PM today.

Gov. Phil Murphy has filed more than 12,000 signatures for his re-election bid.  He faces one opponent in the Democratic primary:  Roger Bacon, a 72-year-old conservative Democrat who is making his sixth bid for public office.

A state Division of Elections updated their website at 6 PM on Sunday to show that

None of the Republican gubernatorial candidates had filed nominating petitions, according to a state Division of Elections update at 6 PM on Sunday, but the campaign of former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, the presumptive GOP nominee, said they have already filed over 6,000 signatures.

Another candidate, former Franklin Mayor Brian D. Levine, told the New Jersey Globe that he will be filing as a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor.

Two other candidates, Rev. Phil Rizzo and perennial candidate Hirsh Singh, are also expected to file on Monday.

It’s not unusual for candidates to wait until the final week – or the last day — to file nominating petitions.  Easter Sunday largely takes one day out of the final weekend of signature gathering, although some candidates were still working on the holiday to finalize their petitions.

Filings are complete in the 2nd district, where Republican State Sen. Christopher Brown (R-Ventnor) is not seeking re-election.    Republicans have a primary between former Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Township) and former Atlantic County Freeholder Seth Grossman.  The winner will face Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield).

Both candidates have filed in the hotly-contested 8th district Senate race, where State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) is seeking re-election as a Democrat after switching parties two years ago.  Addiego will face Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield (R-Westampton).

In the 16th district, where Democrats think they can pick up the seat of Republican Christopher Bateman (R-Branchburg), who is retiring after fourteen years in the State Senate.

Michael Pappas, a former congressman seeking a political comeback, facing a primary challenge from Jeffrey Grant.  The likely Democratic Senate candidate, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick), has not yet filed his petitions.

The most competitive Democratic Senate primary in the state is in the 37th district, where Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg is not seeking re-election.  Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) has filed her petitions, but rival Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood), the Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore, has not.

State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union) faces a primary challenge from Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle) in the 20th district.  Cryan and Holley have filed, but a third announced candidate, science teacher Jason Krychiw, has not.

In the 31st district, Assembly Majority Whip Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne) has filed for re-election to a fourth term against Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-Jersey City) and her new running mate, 32-year-old Longshoremen’s union official William B. Sampson III.

None of the Republican candidates in the 39th district have filed: Assemblyman Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan), Assemblywoman-elect DeAnne DeFuccio (R-Upper Saddle River), Saddle River Councilman John Azzariti and former Saddle River Republican Municipal Chairman Jon Kupris.

The newest member of the State Senate, Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale), is not expected to face any primary opposition as she seeks her first full-term.  Schepisi was sworn in last month to replace Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest), who died on February 20 after nearly 40 years in the Senate.

Under an executive order signed by Murphy to lessen the spread of COVID-19, petitions may be filed online or in-person.  Candidates for governor or the legislature must file with the Division of Elections in Trenton.  Petitions and filing instructions may be found on their website and may be signed electronically.

The Division of Elections will permit in-person filings today at the New Jersey Museum auditorium at 205 West State Street.

County candidates must file with their county clerk, and municipal candidates with their local clerk.

Independent candidates have until 4 PM on June 8.

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