The Battle for New Jersey ’05

In the race for State Assembly in the 2nd district, PoliticsNJ.com has moved GOP incumbents Frank Blee and Kirk Conover from Likely Republican to Leans Republican in their campaign against Democrats Jim Whelan, the former Mayor of Atlantic City, and attorney Damon Tyner. In District 11, Republican Assemblymen Steve Corodemus and Sean Kean face an aggressive challenge from Democrats Matt Doherty, a mortgage banker, and Jim Reilly, an Assembly Democratic staffer. The 11th district remains Leans Republican, but a Movement Arrow towards Toss Up has been added, indicating that a strong and well-financed campaign by Doherty and Reilly creates an opportunity for a real upset next month. Mercer County Clerk Cathy DiCostanzo is seeking a third term against Democrat Paula Sollami-Covello, an attorney whose father served as a Freeholder. PoliticsNJ.com has removed the Movement Arrow towards Toss Up in this race, leaving DiCostanzo in Leans Republican. A mishap by Sollami-Covello this week received wide attention in local newspapers: she was caught parking in a handicapped space while rushing to film a new TV commercial. In Salem County, a jury’s decison that Republican statements attacking Democratic Freeholder Charles Sullivan were inaccurate should help Sullivan win re-election. PoliticsNJ.com has listed Sullivan as Leans Democratic and now has added a Movement Arrow toward Likely Democratic. The Republican incumbent, David Sparks, had been listed as Leans Republican; a new Movement Arrow pushes him toward Toss Up. In the race for Salem County Surrogate, where Geneva Wood is retiring, a Movement Arrow toward Leans Democratic has been added. Democrat Nikki Burke faces Republican Julie Acton. Mercer County Sheriff Kevin Larkin, a Democrat, has been moved from Likely Democratic to Leans Democratic with a Movement Arrow toward likely. View the PoliticsNJ.com Battle for New Jersey ’05 Chart at http://www.politicsnj.com/prall2005_0614.htm

The Battle for New Jersey ’05