Mercer County Freeholder Anthony Verrelli was sworn into the Assembly on Monday, officially leaving his role as freeholder after his victory in a special election at the end of July.
“I am honored and excited about the opportunity to continue my public service work as a member of the Legislature,” Verrelli said in a statement. “I am a life-long Mercer County resident. I have served in municipal and county government. I have more than 20 years of experience in labor, and fighting for the rights of workers. I look forward to using these different experiences, and working with my colleagues to serve the residents of the 15th legislative district and the rest of the state.”
Verrelli eked out a narrow win over Jeffrey Laurenti, who was once executive director of New Jersey Senate Democrats, in a special election for the Assembly seat left vacant by Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora when he was sworn into that post.
The former freeholder will need to win on the ballot in November to serve the remainder of the term, though anything but a Democratic victory in the 15th district is unlikely.
Verrelli’s victory will kick off another special election, this time to fill Verrelli’s freeholder seat.