Democrats Increase Their Majority in the General Assembly after Strong Showing in Midterm Elections

In Tuesday’s midterm elections, in which Assembly races were at the top of the ballot, Democrats picked up four seats in the General Assembly, inching closer to a veto-proof majority. In the First Legislative District, which includes Cape May and parts of Atlantic and Cumberland counties, incumbent Republican Samuel Fiocchi lost to Democratic challenger Bruce Land. In the Eleventh Legislative District, which covers parts of Monmouth County, incumbent Republicans Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande lost to Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey. In the Sixteenth Legislative District, which covers parts of Mercer, Hunterdon, Somerset and Middlesex counties, Democrat Andrew Zwicker is leading incumbent Republican Donna Simon by 67 votes at latest count, however, tabulation of provisional ballots and a likely recount will delay certification of these election results. These elections are likely to represent a new low for voter participation with only 2 in 10 registered voters having cast a ballot in these elections. The new Assembly majority met on Thursday to select Vincent Prieto for another term as Speaker and Louis D. Geenwald for another term as Majority Leader. Click here for the complete election results.