The Record and the Herald News have endorsed incumbent Democratic legislators in Districts 34 and 35, but said that they were “skeptical, given the heavy influence of New Jersey’s political machinery” that Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) is an “independent thinker.”
Oliver is expected to become the next Assembly Speaker when the Legislature reorganizes in January. The two newspapers also endorsed Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-Montclair) for re-election.
The newspapers said that the Republican challengers, Michael Mecca III and Matthew Tyahla, have no track record and did not meet with their editorial board.
In the 35th district, The Record and the Herald News endorsed incumbent Assemblywomen Nellie Pou (D-North Haledon) and Elease Evans (D-Paterson) for re-election. The GOP challengers did not attend an editorial board meeting. “It would be better if voters in the 35th had a greater choice for Assembly. As it is, the choices are few, and from here, the known is a step above the unknown,” the newspaper said.