TRENTON – Continuing the cross-party tradition struck by state Senator Van Drew (D-1) moments earlier, Republican state Senator Diane Allen (R-7) talked up lame-duck Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard, an unsuccessful 2014 candidate for Congress.
Allen sponsored Belgard for a superior court judgeship throughout the process. “Aimee is an excellent candidate,” Allen said of the Edgewater attorney.
A year ago, Belgard failed in her bid for an empty congressional seat won by Republican Tom MacArthur. She lost reelection to her freeholder seat last month by fewer than 2,000 votes.
“I have mixed feelings about this but it means we’ll be losing you as a political activist,” state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) told Begard.
“Twilight Zone phase two,” declared state Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40), noting Allen backing Belgard as Van drew had supported the judgeship bid of Cape May Republican Chairman Michael Donohue.