There will be two special elections for State Senate in November: in district 5, where Democrat Dana Redd resigned in January to become the mayor of Camden, and in district 14, where Republican Bill Baroni left to become the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Both races will be to fill the remaining fourteen months of the current terms.
Redd was replaced by Donald Norcross , a South Jersey labor leader who had been elected to the State Assembly in November. Norcross will face Republican Harry Trout, who works as a wine consultant. Norcross is the overwhelming favorite to win the special election.
Baroni’s replacement is Republican Thomas Goodwin, who gave up his Hamilton Township Council seat to serve in the Senate last month. Goodwin faces six-term Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein in what might be one of the premier campaigns of the year in a politically competitive district.
There is also a special election for Norcross’s Assembly seat. Gilbert “Whip” Wilson, who won the seat in January. Wilson is the likely winner against his GOP rival, Barbara Gallagher, a nurse.