LD16 Assembly Race Update

Now that the votes in the LD-16 Assembly race have been tallied, I have called Assemblywoman Simon to congratulate her on her victory.

I want to thank my family for their unending support, all of our dedicated staff, volunteers, and supporters-especially the Blue Jersey community. We could not have come so close to winning without your efforts. No matter the challenges we faced, we stood strong together, and I am so grateful for all your help.

Although the election has ended, I can assure you that the fight for middle class families, working families, education funding, and the right for women to make their own healthcare decisions will continue. And I will be here with you to stand up, ensure the issues we fought for are not forgotten, and that we hold our leaders accountable.

Thank you for all your help and encouragement, and for giving me the honor and the privilege to be the candidate for the New Jersey General Assembly in the 16th district.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, filled with family, friends and fellowship. I know I’m looking forward to it!

Comments (10)

  1. Jeff Gardner

    You ran a strong campaign, and inspired many. All the best to you.

  2. toaonua

    Excellent job. Thank you!

  3. Marie Corfield (Post author)

    was 1%. Razor thin.

  4. Bertin Lefkovic

    Corfield for State Senate in 2013 (versus Kip Bateman)


    Corfield for Congress in 2014 (if you need a break)


    Corfield for Assembly in 2015 (you would be at the top of the ballot in an ultra-low turnout election cycle)

  5. Alex

    for stepping up and taking on this challenge, Marie. You represented the aspirations and hopes of many people. For me and Sean, personally, the fact that you embody the dignity of the teaching profession and so enthusiastically support same-sex civil marriage were just two of the many reason why we hoped you’d prevail.

  6. tjmcgrail


    It is so great that you have extended yourself to run for the NJ assembly twice.  Your effort has been outstanding!  

    Eventually, Central NJ will become more Democratic as the local population changes.  I hope that you are around for that change, and that you will consider running for office again.

    When the 2020 census is complete, I expect that Central NJ will be significantly more Democratic. It is growing in that direction.



  7. Rosi Efthim

    You conducted your race with vigor, grace and class. We knew what you stood for; there was no political pussy-footing around. You are what Loretta Weinberg called you:

    “… a once-in-a-generation natural leader”.

    You should be in the New Jersey Legislature. You very nearly were. The fact that we behind you knew all along that your candidacy had legs – and some others in whom we’ve invested great power did not, or didn’t care, or didn’t have the balls to help you defend the seat in a year –  is evidence to me that sometimes the people are ahead of the Party.  

  8. Bertin Lefkovic

    Try always, which is why we need to create a New Jersey Progressive Democratic State Committee, so that we can do for ourselves in an organized rather than ad-hoc way what our party establishment is either unwilling or unable to support us in doing as the progressive grassroots of the Democratic Party.

    With all due respect, Rosi, sentiments like these would have been more useful a few months ago when I was (figuratively if not literally) screaming at the top of my lungs for progressives to call the Democratic establishment out for the opportunity that they were missing to support Marie’s campaign and give Democrats every chance possible to make LD16 a competitive district and your only response was to scold me.

    I don’t expect anyone here to pay attention to what I write as I have been sufficiently marginalized on this site, but everyone here would follow you, Rosi, to the end of the earth if you asked them to, but you are simply far too selective when it comes to asking anyone here to do anything.  Clearly, you agree with what I was saying, but did not feel that taking on the Democratic establishment at that time was going to yield the desired results.

    We’ll never know which one of us was right, but hopefully, this experience will be the straw that broke the camel’s back and you and everyone else here will realize once and for all that the Democratic establishment does not share our goals and ideals.  It never has.  It never will.  You don’t know how right you are, Rosi, when you say that Democrats in New Jersey need to employ a 21-county strategy.  It is unfortunate that your definition of a 21-county strategy is really a 5-county strategy.

  9. Rosi Efthim

    I didn’t do anything for Marie’s campaign.  

  10. Bertin Lefkovic

    Nowhere in my comment above did I say that you did not do enough or anything for Marie’s campaign.  If I thought that, I would not have included your name in a list of 10 people with NJ political experience who I thought should manage Barbara Buono’s gubernatorial campaign, when I sent her a message through Facebook, imploring her to not hire someone from outside NJ to run her campaign.  My only argument is that what you said in your comment…

    You should be in the New Jersey Legislature. You very nearly were. The fact that we behind you knew all along that your candidacy had legs – and some others in whom we’ve invested great power did not, or didn’t care, or didn’t have the balls to help you defend the seat in a year –  is evidence to me that sometimes the people are ahead of the Party.

    …should have been said a few months ago when the Democratic establishment was actively undermining Marie’s campaign.  However, instead of joining me in saying what needed to be said at the time, with which your comment is in complete agreement, you chose to scold me.

    How much longer is the progressive community going to be relegated to bitching and moaning after a campaign season is over instead of doing and saying what is needed to be done and said when those actions and words can have an impact on the outcome of elections?

    The Tea Party Movement is able to negatively impact policymaking, because the Republican establishment is afraid of Republican primary election voters.  Why are progressives unable to make the Democratic establishment fear Democratic primary election voters as much if not moreso?

    It is very possible that the 2013 Democratic gubernatorial and legislative primary elections will give the progressive community an opportunity to change the way the Democratic establishment operates going forward and for the foreseeable future, but the only way that happens is if we fight them and beat them or at the very least put a really good scare into them.  The only way that happens is with some leadership.

    I don’t know if you were ever a West Wing fan, but if you were, maybe Jed Bartlet/Martin Sheen and John Spencer/Leo McGarry can make my point better than I can.


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