The announcement that Celeste Riley will get Douglas Fisher’s seat in the State Assembly means that Cumberland County will keep one of the three District 3 legislative seats. And for the first time in state history, Cumberland and Salem counties will be represented in Trenton by a woman. It also means that unless a Republican from Salem County defeats her in November, the state’s smallest county will continue to be the only county in New Jersey without a legislator.
If Riley wins the special election convention, as expected, she will become the 26th women serving in the State Assembly. That number dropped to 25 last week when Marcia Karrow resigned from the Assembly to take a seat in the State Senate.