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Benson nabs endorsements from 16th district Democrats

Zwicker, Freiman, Jaffer back Hughes challenger for Mercer County Executive

By David Wildstein, December 19 2022 6:05 pm

The three Democratic legislators from the 16th district – State Sen. Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick), Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough) and Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer (D-Montgomery) – have endorsed Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Hamilton) for the Democratic nomination for Mercer County Executive.

Benson is challenging five-term incumbent Brian Hughes in the Democratic primary.

“Assemblyman Benson has long been a leader in the Assembly on issues ranging from transportation, to healthcare, to the state budget,” Zwicker, Freiman and Jaffer said in a statement.  “We know he’ll use that knowledge and expertise in the benefit of the people of Mercer County as their County Executive. He is the right person for the job.”

Princeton, the only Mercer County municipality in the 16th district, has already come out strongly for Benson, who has won endorsements from Mayor Mark Freda, Democratic Municipal Chairman Owen O’Donnell, Princeton Community Democratic Organization President Tommy Parker, six councilmembers, and other party leaders.

Benson won a special election convention for State Assembly in 2011 after serving as a Mercer County freeholder an Hamilton councilman.  Hughes, the son of former Gov. Richard J. Hughes, served as a freeholder before he won the county executive post in 2003.

State Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Lawrence), Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Trenton) and Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton) have endorsed Hughes.  State Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) is backing Benson.

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