District 11 encompasses 18 municipalities in Monmouth County: Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold Borough and Township, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Long Branch, Neptune Borough and Township, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Borough and Township, Tinton Falls, and West Long Branch.
This is one of the rare districts whose representation does not seem to match its voter registration. Three Republicans represent the 11th, but there are more registered Democrats than Republicans, 27 percent versus 20 percent for the GOP.
However, the majority of voters are not affiliated with a major party and they tend to vote “red” in this district.
The 11th is represented by two Republicans, both of whom are seeking re-election. Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini of Ocean Township, executive director of a Monmouth County nonprofit, is finishing her third term in the lower house. Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande of Colts Neck also joined the Assembly in 2008.
The two Democrats running for their party’s nomination are Eric Houghtaling of Neptune Township and Joann Downey of Freehold Twp.