One of the state’s top Democratic operatives is leaving the state party to help re-elect two Democratic incumbents in a politically competitive legislative district.
Axel Owen, the political director of the Democratic State Committee, will manage the re-election campaigns of Assemblymen Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) and Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough) in the 16th district.
“Axel has done a tremendous job expanding our training and political outreach efforts at the NJDSC along with the rest of our outstanding team,” said Democratic state chairman John Currie. “I’m excited to see him continuing that work and helping ensure our Assembly majority.”
Owen has worked on Democratic campaigns in Illinois, Wisconsin, Montana, North Carolina and New York. He worked as field director for the Democratic legislative slate in the 38th district in 2013 and managed the re-election of the Democratic assemblymen in that district two years later.
In 2017, Owen was campaign manager for Democrats in the 1th district, where Vin Gopal unseated three-term Republican State Sen. Jennifer Beck and re-elected Democratic incumbents Joanne Downey and Eric Houghtaling to the State Assembly.
“Axel is an outstanding and talented political operative who did an excellent job for us in 2017,” Gopal told the New Jersey Globe. “This is a great get for Assemblymembers Zwicker and Freiman and I am confident he will bring them the same success he brought us.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, the state party executive director, heaped praise on Owen.
“I’ve worked with Axel over the last year and his dedication to the Governor, our party, and to political organizing are unquestionable,” Gilbert said. “After winning several important legislative races in recent years, Axel helped the State Party capture the momentum from Governor Murphy’s election in 2017 and propel us to historic congressional and locals wins in 2018.”