Two new members of the State Assembly from the 38th district were sworn in today: Democrats Linda Swain, a former mayor of Fair Lawn, and Christopher Tully, a former Bergenfield council president and district director to Rep. Josh Gottheimer.
Swain and Tully replace Joseph Lagana and Timothy Eustace. Lagana (D-Paramus) moved up to the State Senate after Robert Gordon was appointed to the state Board of Public Utilities, and Eustace – after getting passed over for the Senate seat – resigned to become deputy executive director of the North Jersey District Water Commission.
“I am eager to begin serving all the residents of the 38th Legislative District,” said Swain. “I welcome the challenge to tackle issues that impact our residents at the state level, and I promise to be a strong voice in Trenton for my constituents.”
Swain spent eleven years as a councilwoman and two years as mayor. Tully has worked for Gov. Richard Codey and U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
“As a councilman, I learned the importance of being accessible to, and communicating with, my constituents,” said Tully. “I will ensure that same level of outreach and accountability remains between myself and all te residents of all the towns in the 38th district.”
Swain and Tully will need to run in a November special election to fill the remaining fourteen months of the current legislative term. Republicans have not yet picked their candidates.