Democratic sources say that Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) is worn out after three campaigns in three years and has decided not to seek re-election to the State Assembly. She's waiting for party leaders – some say that means State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) — to help her with an exit strategy (aka a job). Stender ran for Congress in 2006, losing to incumbent Michael Ferguson by just one percentage point, for re-election to the Assembly in 2007, and again for Congress in 2008 – this time losing by nine points.
But Stender's aide, Ed Oatman, strongly denies that Stender won't run.
"It’s absolutely untrue. I spoke to her three minutes ago. She is definitely running for reelection. We had a fundraiser last week and we have one for next week," Oatman told PolitickerNJ.com.
Stender told PolitickerNJ.com in January that she intended to seek re-election to a fifth term. There has been speculation of her retirement from the Legislature since last year.