A Democrat seeking to flip the 25th district Assembly seats from red to blue says that Rep. Tom Malinowski winning a seat on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) on the Armed Services Committee is good news for Morris County.
“I’m thrilled about the committees that both Congressman Malinowski and Congresswoman Sherrill were appointed to,” said Lisa Bhimani, an Assembly candidate and the Morris County Democratic vice chair. “Both will be involved in supporting important elements of our local economy.”
Bhimani and her running mate, Darcy Draeger, are seeking to unseat five-term Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) and win the open seat of retiring Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township).
“The Gateway Tunnel project is the single most important infrastructure project affecting the health of the economy of northern New Jersey. I am confident that Tom Malinowski will fight tooth and nail for this project,” Bhimani said. “And as the largest employer in Morris County, I know that Mikie Sherrill will assure that the Picatinny Arsenal continues with the important research and manufacturing taking place at this facility.”
Morris County is now represented only by Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time since 1914.
Malinowski ousted incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance in the 7th district, and Sherrill won the 11th district seat of Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding), who retired after twelve terms in Congress.
Republicans had held the Lance seat since 1956 and the Sherrill seat since 1984.