Legislative District 2

NJ Spotlight | October 8, 2019 | Elections 2019

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The 2nd District encompasses 17 communities in Atlantic County: Absecon, Atlantic City, Brigantine, Buena, Buena Vista, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Folsom, Hamilton, Linwood, Longport, Margate City, Mullica, Northfield, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor City.

Voter registration is 36% Democratic and 25% Republican; most of the rest are unaffiliated.

This is one of the few districts in the state with representation split between the parties, with a Republican senator and two Democratic Assembly members. As such, it is always a battleground.

John Armato and Vincent Mazzeo, both Democrats, are the incumbents. Challenging them are Republicans John W. Risley Jr. of Egg Harbor and Philip J. Guenther of Brigantine.



Hometown: Northfield

Occupation: Owner of B.F. Mazzeo Fruit and Produce Inc.

Top three issues: Increasing access to the senior property-tax freeze, which will allow older residents to retire in the state; protecting access to health care for women and ensuring affordable access to cancer screenings and prenatal care;  our bill to double the income-tax deduction for veterans was signed into law.

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Hometown: Buena Vista Township

Occupation: Retired HVAC specialist

Top three issues: Doubling the income-tax deduction for veterans; providing access to the senior property-tax freeze; protecting critical access to health care for women so they can have affordable access to lifesaving cancer screenings, prenatal care and other essential services

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Hometown: Egg Harbor

Occupation: Owner and president of investment firm, Atlantic County freeholder

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Hometown: Brigantine

Occupation: Superintendent of Atlantic County Vocational School District and Atlantic County Special Services School District

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