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State Sen. Dawn Addiego. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Addiego will campaign for Natale, LaPlaca

Senator will aid former running mate’s challengers

By Nikita Biryukov, June 21 2019 9:24 am

State Sen. Dawn Addiego will campaign for Assembly candidates running against her once-running mate, Assemblyman Ryan Peters.

“Yes, of course,” Addiego said when asked if she would be on the trail for Gina LaPlaca and Mark Natale, the Democratic Assembly candidates in the eighth legislative district. “They’re great.”

Formerly a longtime Republican lawmaker, Addiego defected to the Democratic party earlier this year.

Assemblyman Joe Howarth, the district’s other representative in the Assembly, lost renomination earlier this month after he lost the support of county organizations in the district over a belief that he attempted to join her in the Democratic party.

Howarth denies having attempted to switch, but sources on both sides of the aisle have told the New Jersey Globe he sought to defect only to have those plans torpedoed by local Democrats in Burlington who said they would not back him in a primary.

Now, Peters is running for re-election alongside former Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield.

The district is expected to host one of the state’s closest Assembly races this year.

In 2017, Howarth beat out his Democratic challenger by just 645 votes.

Peters’ victory margin was even smaller. He won by just 350 votes.

Howarth ran 170 votes ahead of Peters that year.

It remains to be seen how effective a surrogate Addiego will prove for the Democratic candidates, but she said she plans to do all she can for them.

“Whatever they need me to,” Addiego said when asked what she’d do on the trail for LaPlaca and Natale. “Help them with knocking on doors. Whatever’s needed.”

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