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Democratic State Senate candidate Rupande Mehta.

Big name Democrats raising money for Mehta

Democrats trying to wrestle 25th district Senate seat

By David Wildstein, August 13 2020 9:47 pm

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.

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