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Assemblyman Raj Mukherji at Gov. Phil Murphy's fiscal year 2023 budget address delivered on March 8, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Mukherji says he’s meeting with possible Assembly candidates

No word on whether Chaparro will have party support for re-election

By George Christopher, June 10 2022 6:45 am

It took just a couple of hours after the new legislative map was unveiled in February for Raj Mukherji to declare his candidacy for a newly-drawn Hudson County State Senate seat, and not much longer for the 37-year-old Assembly Judiciary Committee chairman from Jersey City to lock up the nomination.

His Senate candidacy leaves an open State Assembly seat in the 32nd district, and perhaps a second seat, if Democrats decide to replace the four-term incumbent, Annette Chaparro (D-Hoboken).

Mukherji confirmed that he’d met with potential running mates but wasn’t prepared to make any announcements.

“When I have something to announce I’ll definitely share it, but I don’t yet,” Mukherji told the New Jersey Globe.

But Mukherji did say he expected Jersey City to be represented in the Assembly.

“I think it would be safe to assume one of my running mates will be a Jersey City resident and one of my running mates will be a Hoboken resident,” said Mukherji.

Whether or not the Hoboken representative will be Chaparro is not guaranteed. There is speculation that Chaparro may be usurped by Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, since the county Democratic organization traditionally allows some mayors to designate lower house members from their cities.

Mukherji, widely viewed as a rising star in state politics, has the support of Gov. Phil Murphy, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and Bhalla.

The Senate seat opened when the new legislative map put two incumbent senators, Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, into the same district.  Sacco subsequently announced his retirement after 30 years in the Senate and endorsed Stack for the seat.

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