The Battle for New Jersey ’05

Of the 41 seats needed for control of the New Jersey State Assembly, Democrats now have 39 seats in the Safe Democratic column, according to a recently updated PoliticsNJ.com Battle for New Jersey ’05 chart that tracks key races throughout the state. PoliticsNJ.com has moved one Republican Assembly seat into the Safe Democratic column: in District 36, where GOP incumbent Paul DiGaetano is leaving the Legislature after an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid, the seat is almost certain to be picked up by Democrat Gary Schaer, the Passaic City Council President. Incumbent Democrat Fred Scalera is also safe. DiGaetano had held this seat since 1991, and the Republicans held the other seat as recently as 2001. In the 4th district, Democratic Assemblyman David Mayer and his running mate, Washington Township Mayor Paul Moriarty, have been moved to Safe Democratic. Mayer was elected in 2003, defeating GOP incumbent Steve Altamurro, for a seat that had been held by the Republicans for twelve years. Moriarty, a former Philadelphia TV reporter who was elected Mayor last year, is seeking to replace Democrat Robert Smith, who is not seeking re-election to a fourth term. The GOP candidates are Clayton Police Chief Frank Winters and attorney Corey Ahart. In countywide races, PoliticsNJ.com has moved Atlantic County Sheriff James McGettigan to Safe Democratic (his opponent dropped out yesterday). In Bergen County Freeholder race, Democratic incumbents Bernadette McPherson and David L. Ganz remain Likely Democratic, but a movement arrow toward Safe Democratic has been shifted toward Leans Democratic. In Essex County District V, Democratic Freeholder Ralph Caputo has been moved to Likely Democratic. Two Passaic County Freeholder seats remain in the Safe Democratic column, but a movement arrow has been added toward Likely Democratic. The Battle for New Jersey ’05

The Battle for New Jersey ’05