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Former Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer. (Photo: Dr. Sadaf Jaffer.)

Princeton Community Democrats endorse Jaffer for Assembly

McLaughlin gets backing for open Mercer County Commissioner seat

By David Wildstein, March 16 2021 9:30 am

Eschewing two local candidates, the Princeton Community Democratic Organization has endorsed Dr. Sadaf Jaffer for an open State Assembly seat in the 16th district.

Jaffer, a former Montgomery Township Mayor, defeated Princeton Councilwoman Michelle Pirone Lambros and Dr. Chris Fistonich.

Princeton is the only Mercer County municipality in the 16th district  Jaffer has already won organization lines in Middlesex, Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

The PCDO endorsed Gov. Phil Murphy, Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Hillsborough), Mercer County Commissioner Sam Frisby and Surrogate Diane Gerofsky for re-election.

They also endorsed Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) for the Democratic State Senate nomination in the 16th, where incumbent Christopher Bateman (R-Branchburg) is retiring after 14 years in the Senate.

In the contest for retiring County Commissioner Pat Colavita’s seat, the PCDO backed Hopewell Township Committeewoman and former mayor Kristin McLaughlin.

McLaughlin is one of six candidates seeking Colavita’s seat at the Mercer County Demcoratic convention on Thursday.

She faces Lance Lopez, the former president of the state Corrections Officers PBA Local 105; Assistant Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Tennille McCoy of Hamilton;  Lawrence Councilman Michael Powers, a former mayor; Terrence Stokes, a Ewing football official and student discipline officer for the Trenton public schools; and Yang Mei Wang, a former college professor and West Windsor council candidate.

Wang announced on Tuesday that she had been endorsed by the Mercer County Central Labor Council and the Good Government Coalition of New Jersey.

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