Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-Montclair) on Monday told the New Jersey Globe he will run for an eighth term in the Assembly.
“Signatures are being collected as we speak,” Giblin said.
Barring any sort of primary challenge, Giblin, a former New Jersey Democratic state chair, is expected to sail to reelection.
This will be Giblin’s ninth campaign for State Assembly. In 1973, at age 26, he came within 1,079 votes of defeating Republican Jane Burgio for the open seat of retiring Assemblyman Phil Kaltenbacher. The other Republican in that race, Assembly Speaker Tom Kean, won by 8,019 votes.
Republicans have not won in the 34th district since before its lines were redrawn in 2001. That reapportionment saw almost all of the Passaic County portions of the district removed and added the the Democratic bastions of East Orange and Montclair.
Giblin, who is president of the AFL-CIO’s Essex-West Hudson Labor Council, won reelection in 2017 by a margin of more than 30 points. He is 72.