BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – About 70 people turned out earlier this month to meet and hear from Democrats Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman as they officially kicked off their campaign to represent the 21st District in the New Jersey Assembly. The kick-off event was held in their campaign headquarters in Berkeley Heights.

The two hope to continue the successful efforts of fellow Democrats in the 2018 elections and defeat Republican incumbents, Minority Leader Jon Bramnick and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz.

Congressman Tom Malinowski, who defeated Republican Leonard Lance in 2018, wasn’t able to attend, but he offered his support in a statement read by Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach.

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Mandelblatt told the crowd, “For too long the 21st legislative district has been represented by two disconnected politicians in Bramnick and Munoz … I am running because this district needs representatives who share the priorities of its residents.” Those priorities include fully funding NJTransit, decreasing the tax burden and repairing the state’s infrastructure, she said.

Gunderman said, “If you told me several years ago that I would be standing here as your candidate for State Assembly, I would not have believed you … I never imagined myself running for office, yet in the past two years, I’ve asked myself what can I do to be a part of the change I want to see in our communities.” 

Mandelblatt and Gunderman have also been endorsed by Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle, Roselle Park Mayor Joseph Signorello III, Berkeley Heights Mayor Angie Devanney, Berkeley Heights Councilmembers Susan Poage, Alvara Medeiros, and Stephen Yellin, former LD21 candidate Lacey Rzeszowski, and former Summit Mayor Jordan Glatt.

The candidates have already been out knocking on doors, meeting and engaging with the voters.

The New Jersey primary is Tuesday, June 4. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.