Former running mates face off in 20th District Democratic primary

Sen. Joe Cryan is being challenged by Assemblyman Jamel Holley

Former Democratic running mates are facing off in next month’s 20th District primary in Union County where, like a boxer well ahead on points, Sen. Joe Cryan refuses to go toe-to-toe with Assemblyman Jamel Holley.

A young, Black former mayor of Roselle, Holley would seem to have the right profile for the diverse 20th District. Cryan, a former state party chair, Assemblyman, County Sheriff and current executive director of the Municipal Utilities Authority in Middlesex County, has faced criticism for the large number of family members on the public payroll. Holley’s position on vaccines has become a flashpoint in the race.

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