The race to watch this month is in the nineteenth district, where South Amboy Mayor Jack O'Leary is challenging incumbent Joseph Vas for the Democratic State Assembly nomination. The Middlesex County Democratic organization will decide which candidate will run on the line at their March 18 convention. Local pundits suggest that the race could be close.
The other incumbent, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) has no apparent obstacles in his bid for renomination.
Vas, who won an Assembly seat in 2003 when he ousted incumbent Arline Friscia at the convention, has been in trouble since last May, when he lost re-election as Mayor of Perth Amboy after eighteen years in office. O'Leary has been visiting County Committee members door-to-door for the last few months.