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Old Bridge Board of Education Vice President Jill DeCaro. Photo: Jill DeCaro.

Razzoli gets a Democratic opponent in Old Bridge council race

Democrat-turned-Republican ran for Conrgess against Bonnie Watson Coleman in 2020

By David Wildstein, April 05 2021 9:07 am

In Old Bridge, Board of Education Vice President Jill DeCaro will seek the Democratic nomination for Town Council in fourth ward against incumbent Mark Razzoli.

Razzoli had been elected as a Democrat, served as Democratic municipal chairman, and sought his party’s nomination for mayor in 2019.  After the primary, Razzoli switched to the Republicans and ran against Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) for Congress in New Jersey’s 12th district.

Late last year, Razzoli entered the race to challenge State Sen. Samuel Thompson (R-Old Bridge) in the Republican primary, but later withdrew.

This will be his first municipal campaign under his new party designation.

“We need to work together for the good of Old Bridge’s residents rather than dividing based on what we disagree on,” DeCaro said.  “It does not matter whether you hold Republican or Democrat views in national politics, as the needs of Old Bridge are unique to the local level.”

Old Bridge, with a population of about 65,375, is the Republican stronghold in Middlesex County.

The town has a Republican mayor, and a 7-2 majority on the council.

Despite a Demcoratic voter registration edge, Old Bridge voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.  Trump outpolled Joseph Biden by 339 votes, 50%-49%.

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