As candidates begin posturing for Neil Cohen’s now vacant Assembly seat, there is one certainty to the democratic process that will result in selecting a new legislator: there are two voters – State Senator Raymond Lesniak and Assemblyman/Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan. Elizabeth (142 votes) and Union (98 votes) represent 83% of the total votes that will be cast at a special election convention to be held within the next 7-35 days. Lesniak controls Elizabeth, and Cryan is the party leader in Union.
Lesniak and Cryan, if they haven’t already done so (the Inside Edge imagines that they have ) will get together and pick their new District 20 running mate – and then the County Committee will simply ratify their pick.
For extreme political junkies: Elizabeth (142 votes, 49%); Union (98 votes, 34%), Roselle (38 votes, 13%); and Kenilworth (12 votes, 4%).