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State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-Neshanic Station). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Bateman will campaign for district 16 Republicans

By Nikita Biryukov, June 15 2021 1:35 pm

State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-Neshanic Station) plans to campaign for Republican legislative candidates in his district.

“I’ve met with all three of them, and they asked me if I would help them out and I said yes,” he told the New Jersey Globe Tuesday.

Bateman is not seeking re-election this year, leaving an open Senate seat in the 16th district. Republicans have put up former Rep. Michael Pappas for the upper chamber’s vacant seat, while Democrats have backed Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick)

In the lower chamber, Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough) and former Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer face challenges from Republicans Vince Panico, president of the Hunterdon Central Regional Board of Education, and Joseph Lukac, a Manville councilman.

The 16th is one of a handful of districts expected to host competitive races this year. It’s one of just three districts in the state with split representation, and one of only two represented by members elected from different parties.

It’s not clear yet when Bateman might show up on the campaign trail, though he insisted he would.

“They’re waiting for some dates,” he said. “I think they’ll have some events and ask me if I would come and speak. I’ll be helping them.”

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