Democrats will spend about $300,000 over the next ten days on television commercials supporting Assembly candidates John Napolitani and John Pimat in the eleventh district, according to state Democratic sources. John Villapiano, the Democratic Senate candidate, will not be included in the ads funded primarily by the Assembly Democratic leadership PAC.
The Democratic source says they have polling that shows GOP candidates David Rible and Mary Pat Angelini have not yet closed the deal on the two open Assembly seats, and they believe there is an outside shot for Pirnat, a teamster official who hosted National Teamsters President James Hoffa in Monmouth County this week, andNapolitani to possibly sneak in.
The campaign will conduct tracking polls this week to see if the advertising, which includes New York network television, is making a difference.
Democrats acknowledge that Republican Assemblyman Sean Kean, who is seeking the State Senate seat being vacated by Joseph Palaia, will easily defeat Villapiano, who served in the Assembly from 1988 to 1992.