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; 28% are Democrats and most of the rest are unaffiliated.
On the Republican Assembly ticket are incumbent Jay Webber, a lawyer from Morris Plains, and Christian Barranco, a former Pompton Lakes council member. The Democrats Melissa Brown Blaeuer, a creative and technology strategy consultant from West Milford, and Pamela Fadden, an educator from Jefferson. Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce, a Republican, lost a contested primary.