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Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez. (Photo: Angelica Jimenez).

Jimenez says she’s gunning for another term

Assemblywoman’s legislative future threatened by redistricting

By Joey Fox, February 28 2022 4:29 pm

Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-West New York), whose seat in the legislature may be threatened by redistricting-related maneuverings, said today that she intends on seeking another term in 2023.

“I still have a year and a half to go [in this term], and I look forward to working even further as an advocate for the people and my constituents,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez’s district, currently the 32nd but renumbered as the 33rd on the new map, briefly looked like it would potentially host a clash of giants between State Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen) and State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City), whose hometowns were drawn together.

Sacco ended up deciding to defer to Stack, but the district will likely see a reshuffling of representation anyways. Sacco is expected to push for a North Bergen Democrat to take the seat of Assemblyman Pedro Mejia (D-Secaucus), while Jimenez said she plans on speaking with Stack about his thoughts for her seat.

“I will be reaching out to [Stack],” she said. “I hope he will take into consideration me being a Latina, and that I’m the most senior of the Hudson County assemblymembers. I hope he will take that into consideration, as well as all the work I’ve done in my district and that I will continue doing.” 

If Stack, West New York Mayor Gabe Rodriguez, and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner do attempt to push Jimenez out in favor of another candidate, Jimenez wouldn’t say whether she’d seek re-election anyways running off the line.

As for Mejia, the assemblyman said today that he wouldn’t comment on the process of deciding the 33rd district’s representation while that process was still ongoing.

Another member of the Assembly in potential jeopardy is 31st district Assemblyman William Sampson (D-Bayonne), whose district didn’t change dramatically but who nevertheless faces two prongs of danger.

For one, Kearny was added to his district from the 32nd, and Kearny Mayor Alberto Santos has indicated he wants a say in determining the district’s representatives; for another, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, who put Sampson in the legislature to begin with, faces a stiff challenge next month from Bayonne Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski.

“I really don’t have a real take on [redistricting], but if we’re going to pick up Kearny, that’s excellent,” Sampson said of the changes to his district. “They can get some excellent representation from myself, Angela [McKnight], and our ticket leader, Sandra Cunningham.”

The party conventions that will mark the first stage of the 2023 election are still a year away, meaning that – unlike in previous redistricting years – there is still plenty of time for Hudson County Democrats to work out what the county’s ticket will look like next year. But as evidenced by Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City)’s near-certain ascension to the State Senate, many of the most important battles are being fought now, with high stakes for legislators like Jimenez, Mejia, and Sampson.

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