The 22nd District includes 11 communities in Middlesex, Somerset, and Union counties: Clark, Dunellen, Fanwood, Green Brook, Linden, Middlesex, North Plainfield, Plainfield, Rahway, Scotch Plains, and Winfield.
Voter registration is 45 percent Democratic and 14 percent Republican, with the rest mostly unaffiliated. Democrats control this district.
All three incumbents are seeking re-election: Sen. Nicholas Scutari of Linden, and Assemblymen Jerry Green of Plainfield and James Kennedy, the former mayor of Rahway. Paul M. Alirangues is challenging for a Democratic Assembly slot.
On the Republican side, the candidates are Joseph A. Bonilla of Clark for Senate, and Richard Fortunato of Scotch Plains and John Quattrocchi of Clark for Assembly.