If Loretta Weinberg is elected Lt. Governor in November, it would mean a January 2010 special election convention to fill her 37th district State Senate seat. Democrats say the four leading candidates would be Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood), Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood), outgoing Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, and former Assemblyman Ken Zisa. Huttle's husband is the Democratic candidate to succeed Wildes as Mayor.
"I intend to move up to the state senate, if the opportunity arises," Johnson told PolitickerNJ.com last month.
Zisa's fortunes could depend on the outcome of former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero's federal corruption trial. Zisa and Ferriero are longtime allies.
Should Johnson or Valerie Huttle go to the Senate, look for one of the Democrats on the Teaneck Township Council to move up to the Assembly, as well as Cid Wilson, a party leader from Leonia who backed off a primary challenge against Huttle and Johnson in 2007 and 2009. That race would be decided in a subsequent special election convention.
A special election would be held in November 2010 to fill the remaining fourteen months of Weinberg's term.