Running in the 1st Legislative District, Robert Andrezeajcak will be sworn in to the General Assembly this coming Thursday to take the place of former Assemblyman Matt Milam (D-1).
Milam announced last month that he will not run again and resigned his Assembly seat ostensibly so his successor can run as an incumbent in what promises to be a battleground district this year.
State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-1) subsequently formally welcomed Adrezeajcak to the team.
A delegate with the county committee initially criticized the way Van Drew called for Andrezeajcak’s ratification as his new running mate, and the senator last week did a do-over in all three counties with pieces of the 1st District: Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland.
On Thursday, the secretary of state’s office certified the new candidate. State Democratic Party Chairman John Wisniewski also gave his approval.
Andrezeajcak is an Iraq War Army veteran and Purple Heart/Bronze Star recipient.