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Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, center, with Jon Bramnick, right, and Tom Kean

Munoz not bothered by Bramnick solo ad

21st district becoming increasingly competitive

By David Wildstein and Nikita Biryukov, January 22 2019 3:02 pm

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Bramnick) is concerned enough about his own re-election to begin airing a new ad eleven months before election day.

The new Bramnick ad doesn’t mention his longtime running mate, but Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) says that doesn’t bother her.

“Jon did that in the last campaign, but it’s clearly a Bramnick-Munoz team,” Munoz told the New Jersey Globe.  “I have no issues with it whatsoever.”

The 21st district has become increasingly competitive since it was drawn eight years ago.  It now has 3,607 more Democrats than Republicans, a significant shift since 2011 when there were 4,357 more Republicans than Democrats.  Donald Trump lost the district by 19,759 votes in 2016; Mitt Romney won by 9,614 in 2012

Munoz defeated Democrat Lacey Rzeszowski by just 1,554 votes in 2017.  Bramnick ran 1,010 votes ahead of Munoz.

“We’re running as a team. We announced our reelection as a team. It’s been Bramnick-Munoz team for 10 years with him,” Munoz said.  “We launched it as the Bramnick-Munoz team, and I will always be the Bramnick-Munoz team. Before me was the Munoz-Bramnick team, because (of) my husband. It’s a strong team, we feel strongly about representing district 21. It’s the Bramnick-Munoz team.”

One of Bramnick’s jobs is to protect vulnerable incumbents.  Munoz thinks he’s holding up his end of the bargain.

“Nothing that I’ve seen or heard leads me to believe otherwise,” she said.

Munoz was elected to the Assembly in 2009 following the death of her husband, Eric, a four-term assemblyman.  She is now the Assembly Minority Whip, the third-ranking Republican in the Assembly leadership.

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