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State Sen. Patrick Diegnan. (Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.)

Diegnan backing Stanley for Pinkin’s Assembly seat

Senator wants to avoid Edison having two Assembly members

By Nikita Biryukov, January 11 2021 5:34 pm

State Sen. Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield) is backing East Brunswick Councilman Sterley Stanley for the Assembly seat vacated when Nancy Pinkin resigned to become Middlesex County Clerk.

“I’m supporting Sterling Stanley,” he said. “He’s a good guy and he works with me all the time.”

Stanley will face Edison Councilman Joe Coyle in a special election convention before Middlesex County Democrats Tuesday.

Diegnan’s support may have more to do with geography than anything else.

Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak (D-Edison) lives in the same town as Coyle.

“I think they’re both from the same town. We’re really not being to everybody’s inclusive advantage, but again, no reflection on Joe,” Diegnan said. “It’s two quality people.”

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