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Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-Montclair)

Giblin, Timberlake win in 36th

Democratic incumbents defeat Jelks-Bandison

By David Wildstein, June 04 2019 8:01 pm

The New Jersey Globe is calling the Democratic primary for State Assembly in the 34th district for incumbents Thomas Giblin (D-Montclair) and Britnee Timberlake (D-East Orange).

They have defeated their primary opponent, Simone Jelks-Bandison.

Giblin and Timberlake will face Republicans Irene DeVita and Bharat Rana in the general election.

This is 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 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 a former Democratic State Chairman, Essex County Democratic Chairman, Essex County Freeholder and Essex County Surrogate.

Timberlake served as an Essex County Freeholder before winning a 2017 special election for Assembly when Sheila Oliver resigned to become Lt. Governor.

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