Republicans will get a second shot at running a full slate of State Assembly candidates in three legislative districts next Tuesday, if they can get 100 write-in votes in the primary election.
Officially, the GOP is not mounting any organized bid to put candidates on the ballot in districts 7, 15 and 22, where only one candidate filed for two seats to run in the June 4 primary. That doesn’t stop an individual candidate from running.
In the Burlington County-based 7th district, Republicans made a deliberate decision to let incumbents Herbert Conaway (D-Delran) and Carol Murphy (D-Mount Laurel) run unopposed. GOP leaders believed leaving the staunchly Democratic district alone might help them in countywide races for freeholder and sheriff by keeping the focus on the politically competitive 8th district.
The plan went awry when Moorestown Planning Board member Peter Miller filed in the Republican primary. He is running alone and off the organization line.
Trenton Republican municipal chair Jennifer Williams is the lone GOP challenger to incumbents Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Trenton) and Anthony Verrelli (D-Pennington). Williams told the New Jersey Globe that Mercer Republicans were unable to recruit a second candidate.
In the 22nd district, which includes parts of Union, Middlesex and Somerset counties, Patricia Quattrocchi was the only Republican to file for Assembly. The two incumbent, James Kennedy (D-Rahway) and Linda Carter (D-Plainfield), face challenges in the Democratic primary.
Assembly candidates need 100 signatures on nominating petitions to qualify for a ballot position, and write-in candidates are required to get the same number of votes to win a primary election.