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State Sen. Sandra Cunningham. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Cunningham, McKnight, Sampson win in the 31st district

By Joey Fox, November 02 2021 8:02 pm

The New Jersey Globe is projecting that State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City) and Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-Jersey City) have won re-election to the 31st legislative district, and that Democrat William Sampson IV has won his first term in the legislature.

Neil Schulman, a former Jersey City GOP municipal chairman, was the Republican nominee for Senate, while Rose Javier and Brandon Vita ran for the Assembly.

Sampson was something of an unexpected addition to the ticket this year; Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis decided he wanted three-term Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Bayonne) off the ticket, and lo and behold, Chiaravalloti lost the support of the Hudson County Democratic Party in favor of Sampson, a member of the International Longshoremen’s Association.

Cunningham herself faced something of a professional setback this year. Serving since 2007, Cunningham aimed for the Senate Majority Leader position, but ultimately decided to defer to State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark). McKnight, first elected in 2015, has made fewer waves.

Final 31st district results:

Cunningham 75.3% // Schulman 24.7%

McKnight 38.3%, Sampson 36.3% // Javier 12.9%, Vila 12.5%

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