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Mejia raises no money in unopposed bid to follow Prieto

Dems have 5-1 registration edge in Hudson-based 32nd

By David Wildstein, October 21 2018 4:21 pm

Assemblyman Pedro Mejia (D-Secaucus) is running unopposed for the remaining fourteen months of ex-Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto’s term in the State Assembly and has not raised any money in the heavily Democratic 32nd district.

Mejia won a special election convention in March after Prieto resigned to become CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

According to his New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission filings, he does not plan to spend more than $5,1000 — if anything at all — in his bid to complete Prieto’s term.

The 32nd district, which is anchored by North Bergen and includes West Hudson towns and two small municipalities in Bergen County, has a 5-1 Democratic voter registration edge: 63,701 Democrats, 12,057 Republicans, and 36,681 unaffiliated voters.

The last GOP win in in district 32 came in 1985, when Republicans Frank Gargiulo and Charles Catrillo beat two Democratic assemblymen on the coattails of Tom Kean’s landslide re-election as governor.  Democrats Anthony Impreveduto and David Kronick easily won the seats back two years later.

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