The 36th District includes 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 40 percent Democratic and 17 percent Republican, with most other voters declaring no party affiliation.
Both Democratic incumbents are running for re-election and facing a challenge. Assemblyman Gary Schaer, a Passaic councilman, is bracketed with Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese of Cliffside Park. The challenger is Edward Tolga Gonca of Lyndhurst.
The Republican ticket features Khaldoun Androwis of Wallington and Foster Lowe of Little Ferry.
CANDIDATES IN CONTESTED PRIMARY
NJ Spotlight asked all candidates in contested races to fill out a brief survey about themselves and why they are running. This is the response we received from 36th District candidates.
CLINTON CALABRESE: DEMOCRAT
Hometown: Cliffside Park
Occupation: Real estate development
Education: BS St. Joseph’s University (Finance and Management); MS New York University (Real Estate)
Email/phone: email@example.com/(201) 943-0615
Why are you running for the Assembly? I was appointed last February upon Assemblywoman Caride’s appointment to Gov. Murphy’s Cabinet and was elected in November’s special election to serve the remainder of the term. I am now running for re-election because I believe that I can continue to help make a difference in my district and in the state.
Also, as the youngest representative in our Legislature, I believe it is important for younger generations to feel represented in government and to be encouraged to participate and become engaged in the legislative process.
What are your three top priorities if elected? If elected, my top three priorities are:
GARY SCHAER did not respond to the survey request.
EDWARD TOLGA GONCA did not respond to the survey request.