Election 2021: Legislative District 26

NJ Spotlight News | September 17, 2021 | NJ Decides 2021

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. 

Republican Sen. Joseph Pennacchio, a Montville dentist, is facing off against Democrat Christine Clarke, an environmental activist from Jefferson. 

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. 

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