Two Democratic assemblymen in the 3rd legislative district have scored early victories in their bids for re-election.
Since last week’s filing deadline, John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro) and Adam Taliaferro (D-Woolwich), have seen one of their primary opponents withdraw and one of their general election rivals tossed from the ballot.
Republican Nicholas Sereday was removed from the ballot after Administrative Law Judge Dorothy Incarvito-Garrabrant determined that he didn’t meet the legal residency requirements to run for the Assembly.
Sereday acknowledged that he lived in Pitman, in the 4th legislative district, from 2015 until March 2021. He moved to Franklin just before filing his nominating petitions as a 3rd district candidate.
New Jersey requires legislative candidates to have lived in their district for one year prior to the general election, unless it’s a redistricting year where gerrymandered incumbents have an alternate option.
Incarvito-Garrabrant found that Sereday’ s voter registration and driver’s license were in Pitman.
Unless a Republican can get 100 write-in votes in the June 8 primary, Bethanne Patrick will run alone.
Sereday is an Army National Guardsman and works as a supervisor for the 177th fighter wing.