Roselle Park Mayor Joseph Signorello, who had launched his bid to unseat Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr., said that today’s retirement announcement was no surprise considering the tough re-election he faced in a politically competitive district.
“Kean’s internal polling likely showed what ours has shown, Democrats will win legislative district 21 this year,” said Signorello, who entered the race last month.
“Over the last four years, we have seen Democrats are on the right side of the issues in legislative district 21,” Signorello said. “Whether it be aggressive action on climate change, healthcare reform, or affordable college tuition, Governor Murphy and the Democratic party are leading our state and country in the right direction.”
Signorello will now focus his efforts to win the Demcoratic nomination to challenge Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick for the Senate seat. Bramnick said today that he would run for the open seat.
“Now, it is our turn to take back district 21, and elect leaders who represent our values in the state senate,” the mayor said.
Eddie Donnelly, the head of the state firefighters union, is also considering a bid for the Senate.
Signorello said that the 21st district, which includes parts of Union, Somerset, and Morris counties, has seen an “influx of new residents, mostly from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Hoboken, and Jersey City” during the coronavirus pandemic.