NORTH BRUNSWICK – Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-14) expressed a bittersweet victory for Democrats following Tuesday’s primary.
The state lawmaker, who endorsed Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), referred to the numbers that put Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) over the edge to victory in the Democratic primary as “a little shocking.” DeAngelo was one of several lawmakers and officials who expressed an interest in pursuing Greenstein’s state Senate seat if the lawmaker clinched a victory.
However, a victory never materialized for Greenstein.
Instead, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) grabbed her party’s nomination to enter the general election in the left-leaning district.
“Obviously, congratulations to Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman,” he said inside Greenstein’s campaign headquarters Tuesday evening.
“The numbers are a little shocking, but we had four strong Democratic candidates,” he said. “It was a strong Democratic turnout. The outcome is positive.”
Watson Coleman led the race by more than 4,800 votes with nearly 90 percent of precincts reporting shortly before 11 p.m., according to unofficial results from the Associated Press.