Seeing an opportunity in a Democratic Primary, Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp (pictured on the Chamber train last week, right, with Guy Gregg) refused to request the resignation of embattled Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-22) but said he and his allies are organizing for a challenge.
“i would rather withhold judgment and not offer an opinion about Linda Stender, but, yes, there will be a primary,” said Mapp, a longtime local political rival of Stender’s running mate, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22), who also chairs the Union County Democratic Party.
The two main cities in LD22 – Plainfield and Linden – have mayors who have strained political relations with the county organization.
If Mapp and Linden Mayor Derek Amstead align, the two of them could play havoc in LD22.
If one or both gets together with the Elizabeth Board of Education challengers in LD20 and cooperate on a slate, the establishment could find itself in a countywide war.
“We haven’t had any conversations [with the Elizabeth BOE],” said Mapp.
“We are certainly going to be prepared to run in June,” he added.”There will be a primary and we will be running. We are not ruling anything out.”