Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) is seriously considering a run for the now-open 2nd district State Senate seat in Atlantic County but isn’t ready to make an announcement.
Democrats view Mazzeo as their top candidate in a bid to flip the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Chris Brown (R-Ventnor.) Brown announced today that he will not seek re-election.
“I’m interested, but this is a decision I can’t make on my own,” Mazzeo told the New Jersey Globe. “I have a family, close friends and a staff I want to speak to.”
The four-term assemblyman wouldn’t commit to a timeline to decide.
“It’s something I’ll have to mull over during the next few days,” Mazzeo said “I’ll make a decision in possibly a short time.”
After eighteen years in public office, Mazzeo said he understands the commitment involved if he wants to be the seven elected Senator from Atlantic County since the early 1940s.
“If I pursue being a senator, I have to ensure I’m making the smart decision,” he said.
Mazzeo wished Brown luck as he begins the next chapter of his life.
“We’ve had some interesting battles through the years,” said Mazzeo. “I wish him the best.”
The 57-year-old businessman – he owns a fruits and vegetables business known throughout Atlantic County – started his political career as a city council candidate in 2003. He became Mayor of Northfield four years later.
In 2013, Mazzeo ousted Republican Assemblyman John Amodeo (R-Margate) by 40 votes. He’s been re-elected three times, winning in 2019 by 2,306 votes.
He considered a Senate bid in 2017, after incumbent James Whelan (D-Atlantic City) announced his retirement, but decided not to run.