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Cumberland County Republican Chairman Michael Testa. Photo by Nikita Biryukov.

Testa to join Senate next week

GOP picks up seat after winner of special election takes oath

By David Wildstein, November 29 2019 4:37 pm

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State Sen.-elect Michael Testa, Jr. (R-Vineland) set to take office next week after defeating incumbent Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) in a special election, the New Jersey State Senate will return to Democratic majority of 25-15.

Democrats had been at 26 seats since January, when State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) switched parties.

Andrzejczak has been in the Senate since January, when he won a special election convention to fill a vacancy caused when Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) resigned to take his seat in the New Jersey State Senate.

Testa, the Cumberland County Republican Chairman, defeated Andrzejczak by 3,585 votes, a 53%-47% margin for the 1st district Senate seat.

Republicans also picked up two Assembly seats in the 1st.

Lower Township Mayor Erik Simonsen and Ocean City Councilman Antwan McClellan unseated incumbents Bruce Land (D-Vineland) and Mathew Milam (D-Vineland).

They will take office on January 14, 2020.

Map by Ben Kestenbaum
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