Legislative District 11

NJ Spotlight | October 8, 2019 | Elections 2019

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The 11th District encompasses 18 municipalities in Monmouth County: Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Long Branch, Neptune Borough, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls, and West Long Branch.

This district shifted from split to all-blue four years ago when a Democrat won the state Senate seat. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 33% to 23%, with a plurality of voters not affiliated with a major party.

The incumbent Democratic Assembly members are Eric Houghtaling of Neptune Township and Joann Downey of Freehold Township. Both are seeking re-election.

The Republicans who filed are Michael Amoroso of Freehold and Matthew C. Woolley of Ocean Township.

ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES

ERIC HOUGHTALING: DEMOCRAT (incumbent)

Hometown: Neptune

Occupation: Retired electrician

Top three issues: Reforms that make it easier for towns to reduce government spending; passage of commonsense gun safety laws to keep families safe; increasing awareness of cost-saving programs like the Senior Freeze.

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JOANN DOWNEY: DEMOCRAT

Hometown: Freehold Township

Occupation: Trial attorney

Top three issues: Helping to fix the gender wage gap and restoring $7.5 million in funding for women’s health care; Passing commonsense gun safety laws; lowering the property tax burden for seniors by expanding the Senior Freeze program.

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MICHAEL AMOROSO: REPUBLICAN  

Hometown: Freehold Township

Occupation: Business owner

Top three issues: School state funding cuts; affordability of living in New Jersey; excessive taxation

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MATTHEW WOOLLEY: REPUBLICAN

Hometown: Ocean Township

Occupation: Studio technician/robotic camera operator

Top three issues: Make New Jersey more affordable and create an environment that attracts high-quality jobs for residents; restore the $65 million cut from the district’s schools; improve community’s quality of life

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