The New Jersey Globe is projecting that State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton), Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Denville), and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham) have won re-election to the 25th legislative district.
Bucco won against Democratic Morris Township Mayor Jeff Grayzel, while Bergen and Dunn defeated Lauren Barnett and Patricia Veres.
The 25th district was home to competitive elections as recently as 2020, when – after a confusing series of appointments and reappointments – Bucco ran in a special election to complete the term of his late father, State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (R-Boonton), while Dunn ran to fill the rest of the younger Bucco’s Assembly term.
Democrats heavily targeted the historically Republican Morris County district, which Joe Biden ultimately won by nine points, but Bucco and Dunn both held on. In the process, they got the most and second-most votes, respectively, for any New Jersey legislative candidate since the state switched to single-member districts.
But this year, Democrats focused most of their time and attention elsewhere, and their candidates did not have the resources to push the race into highly competitive territory.
With all three Republicans re-elected, Bergen now has the time to focus on his next effort: wresting control of the Assembly Minority Leader position away from Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (R-Summit).
Final 25th district results:
Bucco 57.5% // Grayzel 42.5%
Dunn 28.2%, Bergen 27.8% // Barnett 22.3%, Veres 21.6%