Legislative District 16

NJ Spotlight | October 8, 2019 | Elections 2019

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The 16th District includes 14 communities in Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties: Branchburg, Delaware, Flemington, Hillsborough, Manville, Millstone, Montgomery, Princeton, Raritan, Readington, Rocky Hill, Somerville, South Brunswick, and Stockton.

Voter registration leans Democratic — 34% blue and 25% red. While unaffiliated voters used to swing the results to the GOP, this is now a split district.

The 16th has a Republican senator and two Democratic assemblymen. Both Assembly incumbents are seeking re-election. They are Andrew Zwicker of South Brunswick and Roy Freiman of Hillsborough.

There was a contested race on the Republican side, with winners Mark Caliguire of Skillman, who lost an attempted Assembly bid in 2017, and Christine Madrid, also of Skillman, on the general election ballot.

ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES

ANDREW ZWICKER: DEMOCRAT (incumbent)

Hometown: South Brunswick

Occupation: Head of communications and public outreach at Princeton University’s Plasma Physics Lab

Top three issues: Job creation/innovation economy; environmental protection; voter rights/election security

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ROY FREIMAN: DEMOCRAT (incumbent)

Hometown: Hillsborough

Occupation: Retired vice president of data and analytics at Prudential

Top three issues: Ensuring seniors can stay in New Jersey; protecting a woman’s right to choose; making New Jersey more affordable

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MARK CALIGUIRE: REPUBLICAN

Hometown: Montgomery

Occupation: Lawyer

Top three issues: Changing the state pension and health benefits plans; cutting spending;  reimposing the arbitration cap (according to a NJ Spotlight pre-primary questionnaire)

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CHRISTINE MADRID: REPUBLICAN

Hometown: Montgomery

Occupation/Service: Montgomery Township Committee, 2012-2018

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