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Assemblyman Roy Freiman, left, with Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker.

Schaffer announces Zwicker, Jaffer endorsements

By David Wildstein, February 28 2021 8:42 pm

Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer affirmed her support of Andrew Zwicker for the 16th district State Senate seat on a ticket with incumbent Roy Freiman and former Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer for Assembly.

The endorsement was first reported by the New Jersey Globe on Friday.

“Over the past few years, the Somerset County Democrats’ open screening and endorsement process has produced qualified, winning tickets at every level from town councils to Governor,” said Schaffer. “Once again our screening committee has put together a great team.”

Democrats in Somerset must still ratify Schaffer’s choices at the county convention next month.

Schaffer has opposed Zwicker’s ascent to the Senate, pushing for a senator from Somerset County who might give her senatorial courtesy over gubernatorial nominations.

Shaffer offered Zwicker the organization line if he moved to Somerset, but he declined.

If he wins, Zwicker, a three-term assemblyman from South Brunswick, would become the first senator to win a mostly-Somerset Senate seat since 1903.

“Andrew has been a great Assemblyman for the 16th district and Somerset County, and we’re thrilled to have his progressive vision for New Jersey leading our ticket,” said Schaffer. “It will be icing on the cake to see Mike Pappas become the first politician to lose two elections to physicists in one career.”

Pappas, a former congressman and the presumptive Republican candidate for the Senate seat, lost re-election to Democrat Rush Holt in 1998.  Holt and Zwicker both came out of the Princeton Plasma Laboratory.

Jaffer would become the first Muslim and first South Asian woman to serve in the New Jersey legislature.

Freiman was elected to the Assembly in 2017, flipping the seat previously held by Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli.  He was easily re-elected in 2019.

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