Benson rules out run for Hamilton Mayor

Assemblyman Dan Benson isn’t eyeing a mayor at Hamilton’s mayorship. “No way,” Benson said when asked if he was considering such a run. “We have wonderful folks that are looking at it, and I'm looking forward to supporting the Democratic nominee and the eventual nominee.” Both Benson and his running mate Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo both live in Hamilton. The Republican mayor of Hamilton Township, Kelly Yaede, is up for re-election

Group wants legislature to examine its gender gap

A South Jersey progressive group wants the legislature to examine the reasons behind the disproportionately-low number of women serving in the state’s legislature. South Jersey Women for Progressive Change said in a press release Wednesday that, while the legislature is holding hearings on the hiring of Al Alvarez, the state’s politicians should review their recruiting practices to see if they are keeping the number of women in the legislature low.

Brennan asked to testify on Dec. 4

Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, both co-chairs of the Select Committee investigating the hiring of Al Alvarez, said they have asked Katie Brennan, who accused Alvarez of sexual assault, to testify at the committee's first hearing on Dec. 4. “This is a special committee with weighty responsibilities that we take very seriously and I fully intend to have this committee do its work in a

Calabrese wins special election

Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese defeated Republican challenger Marc Marsi and will serve out the remaining year of Marlene Caride, who is now head of the state’s Department of Banking and Insurance. Calabrese beat Marsi by 28 points, 64%-26%. The assemblyman secured 33,436 votes, while 19,149 cast ballots for Marsi.

Spearman wins

Assemblyman William Spearman won in the fifth legislative district special election to serve out the remaining year of his term. Spearman defeated Republican Nicholas Kush by 16 points, 58% to 42%. The Assemblyman received 38,341 votes to Kush's 20,506. Spearman was appointed to the Assembly following the resignation of former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay, who left the post in June after the New Jersey Globe reported he had been arrested on domestic violence

Lagana, Swain, Tully win

State Sen. Joseph Lagana, Assemblywoman Lisa Swain and Assemblyman Chris Tully won in the 38th legislative district and will serve the remaining year of their terms. Lagana will beat Republican Daisy Ortiz Berger by 20 points, 60%-40%. The state senator got 38,803 votes to his challenger's 25,833. Swain and Tully defeat Republicans Gail Horton and Jayme Ouellette. Swain secured 38,372 votes while Tully received 37,188. They took 30% and 29%