LD1: Albano may run against Fiocchi in 2015


Former Assemblyman Nelson Albano is mulling over a comeback in LD1.

“I’m thinking about it,” Albano told PolitickerNJ. “We’ve had one assemblyman there who has done nothing to represent us. But there are a lot of considerations.”

PolitickerNJ asked Albano if he was referring to Assemblyman Sam Fiocchi (R-1).

“You said it, not me,” the Vineland labor leader cracked.

Fiocchi defeated Albano in 2013 with the help of fellow Republicans who criticized Albano for filing a complaint against a state trooper who pulled him over for speeding.

A state ethics panel fined Albano $500 for “violating the public’s trust.”

“They’ll bring it up again,” the former Democratic assemblyman said of the GOP. “Anything to discredit me. The situation has been resolved and that’s behind me now. I don’t dwell on things that happened in the past. With all the tragedies in my life, I don’t focus on negatives.”

A drunk driver killed Albano’s son Michael in 2001.

The assemblyman won the enactment of “Michael’s Law,” which stiffens penalties for repeat drunk drivers.

Albano said he plans to reach a final verdict after the holiday season regarding a comeback. He said he remains close to Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and Assemblyman Bob Andrezejczak (D-1), and he intends to discuss the situation with them as he considers his next move.

LD1: Albano may run against Fiocchi in 2015