Rep.-elect Mikie Sherrill will attend Lisa Bhimani and Darcy Draeger’s campaign launch next week, giving a boost to the two women trying to take out Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, who could challenge Sherrill in 2020.
Though Bucco chose not to run in 2018, he created an exploratory committee earlier this year and is a strong Republican contender for the position.
The latter point changes if Bhimani or Draeger manage to unseat him, though they’ll likely have to win both of the 25th legislative district’s seats to do so.
Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll is not seeking reelection and is instead running for Morris County Surrogate. Republicans have yet to select a successor.
Sherrill could have less politically-motivated reasons for the appearance. Bhimani was something of a fixture on Sherrill’s campaign trail, and she could just be repaying the favor.