State Sen. Tony Bucco (R-Boonton) is leaning on governmental services as he ramps up his campaign for the last year of his late father’s term in the legislature’s upper chamber.
“We’ve got a full campaign. We’re going to run at this race like we run every time, 110%. I’m not going to leave any stone unturned,” he said. “I think that especially during this COVID crisis, people have come to recognize how hard I work for my constituents, and I think this has really shown that folks appreciate the fact that I spend as much time and pay as much attention to the needs of my constituents in my district, no matter what their party is.”
The senator said his office had processed more than 1,100 unemployment insurance claims, helped residents get drivers licenses and moved to try to get the Motor Vehicle Commission operating more smoothly.
“Being a senator gives me more of an opportunity to get that kind of stuff done, and that’s right in my wheelhouse,” he said.
Bucco faces a challenge from Democrat Rupande Mehta in New Jersey’s only special election for State Senate this year.
The incumbent hasn’t started knocking on doors or holding in-person campaign events, though he said he thought that would change in the coming months.
“I do envision that we’ll get out there if things get a little bit better, probably with a mask on,” Bucco said. “But right now, I’m responsible for my mom, so I’m trying to stay as much out of crowds as I can.”