Blowing up published reports about his possible near-future landing in a judgeship, Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D-15) today said he plans to announce his reelection bid on Tuesday, November 18 at his annual campaign celebration, “Triumph in November,” at Triumph Brewing Company in Princeton.
Serving his tenth term representing New Jersey’s 15th legislative district, Gusciora is New Jersey’s first openly gay legislator.
His announcement makes LD15 more interesting, as the news comes amid a developing political back-drama involving Mercer County Executive Brian J. Hughes and Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson and the assembly seat to be vacated come January by U.S. Rep.-elect Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12).
Hughes wants Mercer County Democratic Chair Liz Muoio to inherit the seat.
Jackson, stung by much the rest of the county party infrastructure’s refusal to endorse him for mayor earlier this year, wants Freeholder Sam Frisby in the seat.
Gusciora in judges’ robes would have conceivably solved the jogjam by giving both Hughes and Jackson a pick.
But Gusciora, a source told PolitickerNJ, will not get that judgeship any time soon, and wants back into the Statehouse.
That means three people – at least – and two seats – and a robust Mercer County Democratic Convention next year.