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State Sen. Linda Greenstein. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Greenstein hasn’t thought about Thompson challenge in ’21

‘Nothing daunts me,’ senator says

By Nikita Biryukov, January 01 2020 1:35 pm

State Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) indicated a willingness to run against State Sen. Sam Thompson (R-Old Bridge) next year if it meant Democrats could pick up another seat in the legislature’s upper chamber, though she said she hadn’t considered the possibility.

“I haven’t even thought about it. I have no idea,” she said. “I have run against everybody, so nothing daunts me in any way, no person, no situation. But I haven’t thought about at all about what’s coming up in ’21.”

Democrats now hold 25 seats in the Senate following State Sen. Michael Testa’s ouster of State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak in the first legislative district.

Senate President Steve Sweeney has said he intends to win back the seat he lost to Republicans this year, though it’s not yet clear whether he’s looking to oust any specific Republican incumbents.

District lines will be redrawn before next year’s legislative races.

As part of a deal reached between Democratic State Chairman John Currie and Essex County Chairman LeRoy Jones in the since-concluded fight over control of the state party, Sweeney allies in Camden County will nominate one of the Democrats’ five redistricting commission members.

It’s possible Sweeney’s representative will use his position to push for a map that allows Democrats to make gains in the Senate.

The 14th and 12th districts abut one another, and it’s possible reapportionment will result in a district that includes both Greenstein’s Plainsboro and Thompson’s Old Bridge.

Should that happen, it could set up a fierce primary fight between two Democratic assemblymen from Hamilton, Dan Benson and Wayne DeAngelo, for the Senate seat.

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