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Cammarano won’t seek Assembly seat

Ex-Murphy chief of staff rules out bid for Pinkin seat

By David Wildstein, February 10 2020 3:54 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy’s former chief of staff, Peter Cammarano, has ruled out running in a January 2021 special election convention to replace Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick) in the State Assembly.

“I’m not running,” Cammarano told the New Jersey Globe.

Cammarano resigned as mayor of Metuchen to join the Murphy administration in January 2018.  He served as a councilman and planning board member in Metuchen, and served as chief of staff to Gov. Richard Codey.

Pinkin announced today that she will run for Middlesex County Clerk this year.  If she wins – Democrats have not lost a countywide race in 29 years – Democratic county committee members in the 18th district will vote in January to fill her Assembly seat.

Cammarano said he will endorse whomever the county Democratic organization picks to replace Pinkin.

“The Middlesex Democratic Organization has a great record of selecting strong candidates county wide,” Cammarano said.  “I will be supporting the candidate that emerges in the selection process.”

Cammarano left the Murphy administration early last year.

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