Legislative District 26

NJ Spotlight | October 8, 2019 | Elections 2019

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The 26th District includes 13 communities in Essex, Morris, and Passaic counties: Butler, Fairfield, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Montville, Morris Plains, North Caldwell, Parsippany, Rockaway Township, Verona, West Caldwell, and West Milford.

It is a solidly “red” district, represented for decades by GOP legislators. Republicans account for 35% of registered voters; 26% are Democrats, and most of the rest are unaffiliated.

Both Assembly members are Republicans, and both are seeking re-election: Jay Webber is a lawyer from Morris Plains who was unsuccessful in a congressional bid last year and Betty Lou DeCroce is a Parsippany realtor.

The Democratic candidates are Christine Clarke of Lake Hopatcong and Laura Fortgang of Verona, who was unsuccessful in an Assembly bid in 2017.

ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES

BETTYLOU DeCROCE: REPUBLICAN

(incumbent)

Hometown: Parsippany

Occupation: Real estate agent

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JAY WEBBER: REPUBLICAN (incumbent)

Hometown: Morris Plains

Occupation: Lawye

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CHRISTINE CLARKE: DEMOCRAT

Hometown: Lake Hopatcong

Occupation: Environmental advocate

Top three issues: Advancing renewable energy jobs; protecting clean air and clean water; improving healthcare

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LAURA FORTGANG: DEMOCRAT

Hometown: Verona

Occupation: Executive coach, author, consultant

Top three issues: Health care (including clean air, water, and food); education; taxes

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