The 18th District includes seven communities in Middlesex County: East Brunswick, Edison, Helmetta, Highland Park, Metuchen, South Plainfield, and South River.
This has been considered a safe Democratic district, with 43 percent of voters registered as Democrats and only 15 percent as Republicans. Virtually all of the other voters in the district are unaffiliated.
Three Democrats represent the district and all are seeking re-election: Sen. Patrick Diegnan Jr., a South Plainfield attorney; Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, a former East Brunswick councilwoman, and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak of Edison.
The Republican slate consists of Lewis Glogower of South River for Senate, and April Bengivenga of South Plainfield and Zhiyu “Jimmy” Hu of Highland Park for Assembly.
Sean Stratton of East Brunswick is the Green Party’s candidate for Assembly.