Legislative District 9

NJ Spotlight | October 8, 2019 | Elections 2019

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The 9th District encompasses 24 communities in Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties: Barnegat, Barnegat Light, Bass River, Beach Haven, Beachwood, Berkeley, Eagleswood, Galloway, Harvey Cedars, Lacey, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach, Ocean Gate, Ocean Township, Pine Beach, Port Republic, Seaside Park, Ship Bottom, South Toms River, Stafford, Surf City, Tabernacle, Tuckerton and Washington.

This is a reliably red district, with 34% of those registered choosing the Republican party and 23%, the Democratic party. The rest have not registered with one of the major parties.

Running for re-election are both Republican incumbents: Assembly members Brian Rumpf, a former mayor of Little Egg Harbor, and DiAnne C. Gove, a former mayor of Long Beach.

The Democrats’ slate is composed of Sarah Collins of West Creek and Wayne Lewis of Galloway.

ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES

DIANNE GOVE: REPUBLICAN (incumbent)

Hometown: Long Beach

Occupation: Legislator

Top three issues: Lowering taxes; reforming school funding formula; controlling the size of government

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BRIAN RUMPF: REPUBLICAN (incumbent)

Hometown: Little Egg Harbor

Occupation: Attorney

Top three issues: Lowering taxes; reforming school-funding formula; controlling the size of government

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WAYNE LEWIS: DEMOCRAT

Hometown: Galloway

Occupation: Professional poker player

Top three issues: Public state bank for community wealth building and renewable infrastructure; trimming the corporate fat from state spending; using additional revenue for property-tax relief and public works spending

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SARAH COLLINS: DEMOCRAT

Hometown: West Creek

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