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Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Gusciora staying out of race to succeed him

Veteran legislator leaving July 1 to become Trenton mayor

By Nikita Biryukov, June 19 2018 7:27 pm

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, now mayor-elect of New Jersey’s capital city, is staying out of his succession race.

“That’s up to the committee people. I don’t want, I don’t think I should get involved in that,” Gusciora said. “When I ran the first time, there were about eight people, and I think the best person won, and I think that that’s the best model to do that as well. Same thing with the mayoral race. There were seven candidates, and those elected officials that thrust themselves into that made enemies, didn’t make any friends.”

Because state law forbids holding state and lower elected office concurrently, Gusciora will have to vacate his assembly seat before he is inaugurated at the start of next month.

The county committee people from the 15th legislative district, which Gusciora represents, will have to convene not less than seven days after Gusciora resigns to appoint a successor.

“As mayor, I’m going to have to look to all the persons that are running for assembly. I want to be a partner with them,” Gusciora said. “If I pick the wrong horse, that wouldn’t be in the best interest of the city of Trenton.”

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