In their quest to gain control of the state Senate, New Jersey Republicans are hoping Gov. Chris Christie’s coattails are long enough to carry them to victory in an unexpected district, the overwhelmingly Democratic 18th, where state Sen. Barbara Buono’s gubernatorial bid has put her seat in play.
The state GOP thinks it has a shot with former Democrat and Mayor of East Brunswick David Stahl. There’s also an independent on the ballot, which could further split the difference.
The Democrats are backing Assemblyman Peter Barnes, an attorney who has served in the lower house since 2007.
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