Hillside has been added and Kenilworth dropped from the 20th Legislative District, which also includes Elizabeth, Union and Roselle. Incumbent power broker Ray Lesniak is believed to be considering a bail out rather than fighting to defend his seat from likely Democratic challenger Carlos Cedeno, the councilman in Elizabeth’s Fourth Ward who is being promoted as the probable Democrats for Change candidate.
Lisa McCormick will be the Democrats for Change candidate for state Senate in what is expected to be a contest with incumbent double-dipper Nicholas Scutari in the 22nd District, which had nor alterations and includes Clark, Dunellen, Fanwood, Green Brook, Linden, Middlesex, North Plainfield, Plainfield, Rahway, Scotch Plains, and Winfield. As the Democrats for Change challenger to County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi last year, McCormick earned 10,500 votes. Scutari is also a municipal prosecutor in Linden.
Kenilworth is now part of the 21st District, which also includes the rest of Union County and is occupied by liberal Republican Sen. Tom Kean Jr., who is Lesniak’s business partner and minority leader in the state Senate. Observers say Kean may face only token Democratic opposition if he survives a Tea Party challenge in June.
The new map removed Hillside from a district it shared with Newark but otherwise left most of Union County unchanged.