Some of New Jersey’s top Democrats are stepping up their financial support of Rupande Mehta for State Senate in the 25th district against incumbent Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton).
First Lady Tammy Murphy and Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) will headline a Women’s Equality Day fundraiser for Mehta. Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg is on the host committee, along with state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) and Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood), Shavonda Sumter (D-Paterson) and Joann Downey (D-Freehold).
Senate President Steve Sweeney will host a Mehta fundraiser on September 7.
A September 24 Mehta fundraiser will feature Gov. Phil Murphy, along with Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.
Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) is also planning a fundraiser for Mehta.
Bucco won a special election convention last year following the death of his father, State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (R-Boonton), last year. He and Mehta will face-off in a November special election to fill the remaining fourteen months of the late senator’s term.
The 25th has not elected a Democrat since 1977, but there have been some close legislative races over the last two cycles.
By a 54%-45% margin, the district voted for Mitt Romney in 2012, but gave Hillary Clinton a narrow 18 votes in 2016. Democratic congressional candidates combined for a 9,479-vote win in 2018.