With the NJ primary just 15 days away, Marie Corfield just picked up another critical endorsement in her run for Assembly in LD-16, a seat she nearly won in November. Speaker Sheila Oliver says Corfield is the “best choice” to join the Assembly ranks, over Princeton-based Sue Nemeth. The importance of this election, and the opportunities for Dems with Corfield’s election are emphasized by Speaker Oliver:
“Marie Corfield will give Democrats the best chance for a veto proof majority. On issues like middle-class tax relief, education funding, and job creation, Marie Corfield will be a voice for New Jersey’s families.”
As a person actively working to help fuel this campaign (as volunteer), Oliver’s endorsement means a great deal to me. Oliver understands the opportunities for victory in the newly redistricted 16th and she chose the best and strongest candidate, one who has shown evidence she can overturn longtime Republican rule here.
LD-16 spans over portions of Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Mercer counties. In November, in her first run for the seat, Corfield finished less than 3% behind the GOP’s Jack Ciattarelli, and just over 3% behind longtime GOP incumbent Pete Biondi, who died 48 hours after election. Both Corfield’s 2011 running mates, Joe Camarota and Maureen Vella, support her in this race.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg has also endorsed Corfield, who won the Democratic Party conventions in all of the counties – Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon – except Nemeth’s home county of Mercer, where the Princetons are the only towns in the District.
By profession, Marie Corfield is an art teacher at Robert Hunter Elementary School in Flemington. The primary election is June 5.