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Assemblyman Joseph V. Egan at Gov. Phil Murphy's fiscal year 2023 budget address. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Egan says he intends to run for re-election to Assembly

New Brunswick assemblyman arrived in Trenton in 2002

By Joey Fox, December 08 2022 2:22 pm

The oldest member of the New Jersey State Assembly is ready for two more years.

Assemblyman Joe Egan (D-New Brunswick), who has represented parts of Middlesex and Somerset Counties since 2002, said today that he intends to run for re-election next year to the 17th legislative district.

“As far as I know, unless something happens,” Egan said. “I think everything should be fine, but we’ll see what happens. Right now, it’s going to be good.”

The 85-year-old Egan, a former longtime New Brunswick city councilman, was first elected to the Assembly in 2001 after the Legislative Apportionment Commission reshuffled district lines in Central Jersey and then-Assemblyman Bob Smith (D-Piscataway) moved up to the State Senate. 

Egan became chairman of the Assembly Labor Committee in 2008, a perch he holds to this day; he’s the longest-serving Labor Committee chairman in New Jersey history.

The newly drawn 17th district is nearly identical to the district Egan has represented for the last decade and remains safely Democratic, so Egan should have little trouble winning re-election. It’s also just 26% white, however, making the all-white legislative delegation of Egan, Smith, and Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-Franklin) increasingly out-of-step with the district’s demographics.

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