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Fair Lawn Mayor Lisa Swain with Gov. Phil Murphy

Fair Lawn mayor likely to replace Eustace

1st time two Assembly seats filled at same special election convention

By David Wildstein

Fair Lawn Mayor Lisa Swain is the leading candidate to replace Tim Eustace in the 38th district Assembly seat.  POLITICO reported today that Eustace will resign his seat this week after being passed over to replace State Sen. Bob Gordon.

A special election is scheduled for tonight to elect Assemblyman Joseph Lagana to replace Gordon in the State Senate.  That will trigger another special election convention within the next 35 days or so to fill Lagana’s seat.  Democrats can fill Eustace’s seat at the same time — the first time any New Jersey district will fill two vacant Assembly seats on the same day.

Lagana’s Assembly seat is expected to go to Bergenfield Council President Arvin Amatorio.

If Swain gets the seat, it will create a 38th district delegation from Paramus, Bergenfield and Fair Lawn — the three largest towns in the district.  All three will face the voters in a November 2018 special election.

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2 thoughts on “Fair Lawn mayor likely to replace Eustace

  1. If the Bergen GOP cant at least effectively contest the two Assembly seats here they will be nearing political irrelevance. Swain is c considerably more liberal than Bob Gordon and possibly more liberal than Tim Eustace. This district has traditionally been only very light-blue.

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