CD12 aftermath: ‘a mystery,’ says Smith


TRENTON – Almost two weeks after Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) swept the CD12 Democratic primary over state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), state Senator Bob Smith (D-17) says he still has “no clue” what contributed to Coleman’s surprising margin of victory.

“The answer right now is a mystery,” Smith, told PolitickerNJ after a Senate Environment and Energy committee hearing this afternoon, which he chairs. “When you look at the math, Linda had the votes in Middlesex County to win.”

That race –which saw a Middlesex-friendly Greenstein pitted against Watson Coleman (as well as Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) and Princeton scientist Andrew Zwicker) over former U.S. Rep. Rush Holt’s seat — was expected to come down to the wire. Instead, Coleman ended up winning nearly 43 percent to Greenstein’s 24 percent of the vote that day.

The “wildcard,” as Smith noted, was the votes Watson Coleman took home in Mercer County’s suburbs, which turned out nearly 12,000 voters, with Watson Coleman winning over the bulk of them.

“No one knows [what else contributed to her victory]. But I’m sure the analysts will have an answer in a month,” Smith said.

CD12 aftermath: ‘a mystery,’ says Smith