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Former Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer. (Photo: Sadaf Jaffer.)

Jaffer now leads Panico by 286 in 16th district Assembly race

Freiman is likely winner in re-election bid

By David Wildstein, November 04 2021 3:50 pm

Democrat Sadaf Jaffer now has a 286-vote lead in her bid for State Assembly seat in the 16th legislative district over Republican Vinny Panico after more votes were counted in Hunterdon and Somerset counties.

Jaffer was 218 votes ahead this morning.

Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough) also has built a comfortable lead of 2,598 votes and it is becoming increasingly unlikely for Republicans to have a path to defeat him.

Panico, the president of the Hunterdon Central Regional Board of Educations, is running 644 votes ahead of his running mate, Manville Councilman Joe Lukac.

A former mayor of Montgomery, Jaffer leads Panico, 37,227 to 35,550.  Freiman has 37,227 votes and Lukac is at 34,629.

Vote-by-mail ballots are still coming in and about 900 ballots in Hillsborough will be hand-counted as a result of a write-in campaign for a local school board seat.  It’s not immediately clear how many cure letters are outstanding.

The incumbent, Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick), is seeking the State Senate seat of Republican Christopher Bateman, who is retiring after four terms in the Senate and 28 years in the legislature.

Final 16th district results:

Zwicker 53.3% // Pappas 46.7%

Freiman 26.7%, Jaffer 25.7% // Panico 24.0%, Lukac 23.6%

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