Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick said he thinks it’s important to run women candidates, but he plans to leave the decision of whether to run women candidates in the first legislative district to the county committee people there.
“I think it’s important to get women to run, but once again, these are decisions made by county committees,” Bramnick said. “We can suggest candidates — we can talk — if you can get women to run, that’s always good, but that’s going to be up to district one’s leadership.”
Women hold 27 of the Assembly’s 80 seats. Of those women, 21, about 39% of the caucus, are Democrats and six, or 23% of the caucus, are Republicans.
The imbalance is starker in the Senate, where after State Sen. Dawn Addiego’s (D-Evesham) defection to the Democratic party, State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) is the Republican Senate Caucus’s only remaining woman.
The first legislative district is likely where Democrats are most vulnerable. The district falls in traditionally-red portions of the state that are now held by right-of-center Democrats.
Assemblyman Bruce Land and Assemblyman Matt Milam, who represent the district, were the only two Democratic members of the Assembly to vote against a $15 minimum wage bill passed by the legislature Thursday.
But even if Republicans find a strong woman candidate to run in the first district, they might opt not to. No woman has been elected there since the state adopted the 40-district legislative system in 1973.