BOONTON TWP., N.J. – Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco is already facing two Democratic challengers for next year’s 25th Legislative District contest: Lisa Bhimani and Darcy Draeger.
Buoyed by Mikie Sherrill’s Morris County victory in this year’s NJ-11 race, Morris County Democrats view LD25 (where they fell just a few points short of toppling the incumbents in 2017) as their next natural point of conquest on the North-Central Jersey legislative map.
Bucco issued a statement on Monday afternoon espousing confidence in his own prospects:
“I’m proud of my long record of volunteer community service including three decades as a volunteer fireman, a founder of Daytop NJ drug rehabilitation center in Mendham, and today as a hard-working legislator fighting for taxpayers, families and seniors in Trenton. It’s clear that Ms. Bhimani and Ms. Draeger would be two more reliable votes in Trenton for the same failed liberal policies that have brought us to the dire fiscal crisis we find our State in today. New Jersey does not need higher taxes and increased spending that scare jobs and businesses away, or force families and seniors to leave New Jersey because they simply can’t afford to live here anymore. I look forward to continuing my fight for middle class tax cuts and running a spirited campaign on the issues that impact my district.”
Bucco’s running mate is TBD since Michael Patrick Carroll is retiring from the Assembly; Army veteran Brian Bergen of Denville is the early favorite.