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Former Montgomery Mayor Ted Maciag. (Photo: Ted Maciag.)

Maciag says he might seek Bateman Senate seat

Former Montgomery mayor served as assistant counsel to Gov. Tom Kean

By David Wildstein, February 09 2021 7:02 pm

Former Montgomery Mayor Ted Maciag told the New Jersey Globe that he is considering a bid for State Senate in the 16th district.

Maciag is perhaps best known for arguing Lance v. McGreevey, a landmark New Jersey Supreme Court case that theoretically forced governors to seek voter approval for long-term bonding.

He is the third Republican to express interest in the open seat.  Four-term Republican State Sen. Christopher Bateman (R-Branchburg) announced last month that he would not seek re-election in a district that has trended heavily toward Democrats over the last six years.

Former Rep. Richard Zimmer has already entered the race to succeeed Bateman.  Another former congressman, Michael Pappas, is considering a Senate bid.

Maciag, 65, served as a senior counsel to Gov. Tom Kean and held a number of state posts, including deputy executive director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.  He is currently the Manville borough attorney.

He was elected to the Montgomery Township Committee in 1992 and re-elected in 1995.

Maciag began his political career at age 21 as the chief of staff to Rep. Jim Collins, a Republican from Texas.  he has served as an election lawyer for several top GOP candidates, and is a former Montgomery Republican Municipal Chairman.

In 1997, Maciag ran at a Republican convention for Somerset County freeholder but lost to Hillsborough Mayor Ken Scherer and Bridgewater Councilman Richard Fontana.

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