The 21st District encompasses 16 communities in Morris, Somerset, and Union counties: Berkeley Heights, Bernards, Chatham Borough, Cranford, Far Hills, Garwood, Kenilworth, Long Hill, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park, Springfield, Summit, Warren, Watchung, and Westfield.
Voter registration is almost evenly split between the parties, with Democrats holding a slight edge, but unaffiliated voters traditionally swing the results to the “red” side of the ballot.
The entire GOP contingent of representatives is back on the ballot: Sen. Thomas Kean Jr. of Westfield; Assemblyman Jon Bramnick of Westfield, who is the Republican leader in the lower house, and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz of Summit.
The Democratic slate includes one candidate who was unsuccessful at an Assembly run two years ago — Jill Anne Lazare of Summit for Senate. Running for the Assembly are Bruce Bergen of Springfield and Lacey Rzeszowski of Summit.