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 35% to 25%, with a plurality of voters not affiliated with a major party.
The Senate race pits incumbent Democrat and manager of a marketing and communications firm Vin Gopal of Long Branch against Republican Lori Annetta, a client services financial professional from Freehold.
The Democratic incumbents are seeking re-election: Eric Houghtaling, an electrician from Neptune, and Joann Downey, an attorney from Freehold Township. Challenging them are Republicans Marilyn Piperno, a nutrition coach from Colts Neck, and Kimberly Eulner, councilwoman from Shrewsbury. A fifth Assembly candidate running under the Green Party banner is Dominique Faison, an office support specialists from Asbury Park.