PATERSON- Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D) said today that, if asked to help fundraise and campaign for incumbent Burlington County Freeholders Aimee Belgard and Joanne Schwartz, he would.
“They haven’t asked but I am sure they will,” Sweeney told PolitickerNJ. “If and when they do I will be helpful.”
Though he did not elaborate on his intentions for the Freeholders, Sweeney said that maintaining Democrats on the Board of Chosen Freeholders this year in a low turnout election is critical. He said that it may help secure a Democratic majority during next year’s high turnout Presidential election year.
“If they maintain the seats this year there is a real possibility that Democrats can keep that majority next year during the Presidential election,” Sweeney said. “We have seen that happen in a past.”
According to Sweeney, Burlington County’s high democratic voter base—over 94,000 residents are registered Democrats vs. around 67,500 registered as Republicans according to NJ.gov—also will help Belgard and Schwartz keep their seats.
Schwartz and Belgard are being challenged by Republicans Katie Gibbs and Ryan Peters.