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Aura Kenny Dunn, the district director for Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) in 2018

Dunn sworn in

Former Frelinghuysen aide takes Bucco’s seat in Assembly

By Nikita Biryukov, November 25 2019 2:47 pm

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Assemblywoman Aura Dunn was sworn in Monday.

Dunn, former top aide to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, won a landslide victory at a special convention held to fill the seat State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco won in the legislature’s lower chamber last week.

She got 74% of the vote, winning 133 of the 179 votes cast in the six-candidate special convention called to fill Bucco’s seat Thursday.

Dunn will serve seven weeks in the Assembly, until the new legislature is sworn in on Jan. 9.

Bucco ascended to the Senate earlier this year after his father, State Sen. Tony M. Bucco, died of a heart attack.

The younger Bucco remained on the ballot even after winning and being sworn into his father’s seat. The deadline to replace him on the ballot had passed, and the peculiar series of events will trigger another special election early next year.

It’s unclear whether Dunn will face a contest for her seat, though the results of last week’s vote suggest the seat will be hers without much challenge.

John Barbarula, the second-place finisher, got 24 votes.

Dunn will take State Sen. Anthony Bucco’s desk in the Assembly chambers.

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