The New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police (NJFOP) has endorsed Democratic challengers for two Burlington-based Assembly seats, and Republican incumbents Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) and Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton).
The police union is backing Gina LaPlaca and Mark Natale for Assembly in the 8th district against incumbent Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) and his running mate, former Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield. Stanfield defeated Assemblyman Joe Howarth (R-Evesham) in the GOP primary.
Chester Democratic Municipal Chair Darcy Draeger was endorsed along with Bucco in the 25th district, where Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris Township) is stepping down after 24 years in the State Assembly.
The union is backing State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) against Cumberland County GOP Chairman Michael Testa, Jr. in a special election.
In the 39th district, the NJFOP endorsed only incumbent Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale). They didn’t take sides in the race for the other Assembly seat, where incumbent Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan) is seeking re-election. The Democratic challengers are Emerson Councilman Gerald Falotico, a retired Mahwah police officer, and Westwood Mayor John Birkner.
“We are pleased with the good work our Legislative Committee members have done,” said NJFOP President Robert M. Fox. “They have recommended exceptional candidates who support law enforcement and have the interest of our brothers and sisters at heart. “
Bucco is headed to the State Senate next month to fill the vacancy created by the death of his father but will remain on the November ballot for re-election to the lower house. If he wins, Republicans will fill the seat in a January special election convention.