Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo says he will run for re-election in the June Democratic primary, despite losing the support of the local Democratic organiation.
“I am as passionate today about serving my constituents as I have ever been,” said the Seton Hall University Law Professor, who served in Gov. Jim Florio’s cabinet. “The people of the 29th district know my record of service and my accomplishments. They know me as their strong and experienced advocate. I have every reason to believe they will return me for a seventh term.”
Caraballo, the Assembly Speaker Pro-Tempore, lost the backing of his key supporter, Newark political leader Stephen Adubato, Sr. Adubato, along with Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, are backing Grace Spencer and Albert Coutinho for Assembly.
The other 29th district Assemblyman, William Payne, had been planning a Senate bid. The incumbent, Sharpe James, has not yet announced his plans — and may not until the filing deadline passes at 4PM on Monday — but Payne has been traveling in China with his brother, Rep. Donald Payne, and has made no formal announcement. Adubato and Booker are backing Teresa Ruiz, DiVincenzo’s Deputy Chief of Staff, for the Senate.
Caraballo says that Charles Williams will run his campaign.