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Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Trenton)

Reynolds-Jackson won’t run for Trenton mayor

Assemblywoman stops short of endorsing Gusciora for another term

By Nikita Biryukov, September 21 2020 3:17 pm

Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Trenton) isn’t eying Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora’s seat, but she also stopped short of endorsing her former runningmate for another term Monday.

“Me? Oh, No, no, no,” she said when asked if she would seek to oust Gusciora, a former Assemblyman of 22 years, when his seat comes up in 2022.

But Reynolds-Jackson hedged when asked directly whether she would endorse the incumbent for another term.

“I think the city is in a great position right now. They have leadership that’s over there that’s doing the best that they can under the circumstances,” she said. “My role here at the statehouse is to make sure that we get the funding that the city needs to operate.”

Gusciora, who was the first openly gay assemblyman, left the legislature in 2018 after defeating local businessman Paul Perez in a runoff election for Trenton’s mayorship.

Reynolds-Jackson entered office that February, replacing then-Assemblywoman Liz Muoio (D-Pennington) after she left the legislature to become Gov. Phil Murphy’s treasurer.

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