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Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) has done at least seven waves of direct mail for his own re-election campaign that omit the name of his running mate, Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Summit).
Bramnick went up on the air Friday with a new cable television ad that also fails to mention Munoz.
Both incumbents are battling to keep their seats in the increasingly Democratic 21st legislative district, where voter registration has shifted away from the Republicans since the district was drawn in 2011.
Munoz, who had about $65,000 cash-on-hand at the end of June, has not paid for any direct mail, according to filings with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
No joint campaign accounts for Bramnick and Munoz have been filed, ELEC records show.
It’s not immediately clear how much Bramnick will spend to hold his own seat, or how much that spending will detract from his financial responsibility to other GOP legislators and challengers.
Republicans have said Bramnick and Munoz are running as a team but conceded that each will run their own campaigns.
With two TV ads and seven mailers, there is no evidence that Bramnick, whose leadership position makes him responsible to help vulnerable Republican incumbents statewide, is doing much for Munoz.
Bramnick’s campaign website, votebramick.com, does not include Munoz’s name, although it does plug the assemblyman’s charity auctions and comedy club appearances.
Munoz, an assemblywoman since 2009 and the current Minority Whip, was re-elected in 2017 by 1,554 votes. Bramnick ran 1,010 votes ahead of her.
After legislative districts were redrawn following the 2010 census, the 21st had 4,357 more Republicans than Democrats. Now the district has 5,021 more Democrats than Republicans, up from 4,796 just one month ago.
In addition to Democrats Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman, the Republican incumbents face two conservatives running as pro-Donald Trump conservatives: former Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks and Harry P. Pappas, a former Union County Democratic Chairman in the 1970s who served as a Republican on the Springfield Township Committee in the 1990s.Jon Bramnick NJ-21 Direct Mail 09 09 19