District 36 encompasses 15 communities in Bergen and Passaic counties: Carlstadt, Cliffside Park, East Rutherford, Little Ferry, Lyndhurst, Moonachie, North Arlington, Passaic, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Rutherford, South Hackensack, Teterboro, Wallington and Wood-Ridge.
Voter registration is 34 percent Democratic and 15 percent Republican, with most other voters declaring no party affiliation.
Both Democratic incumbents are running for re-election. Assemblyman Gary Schaer, a Passaic councilman, is an investment consultant who joined the lower house in 2006. Assemblywoman Marlene Caride is a lawyer completing her second term.
The Republican ticket features Forrest Elliott Jr. of Wood Ridge and James A. Lenoy of Carlstadt.