“It is my pledge to the 25th District’s residents that I will continue with my track record of pristine constituent service and a work ethic that they have come to know with me as their Assemblyman,” the Mountain Lakes resident said in a statement, citing lower property taxes, fair school funding, safer communities, and creation of better-paying jobs as priorities.
However, Bucco also remains on the Nov. 5 ballot as a candidate for re-election to the Assembly. Ballots were printed before his father died, and the Morris County Republican Committee then tapped the son to fill the Senate position.
If Bucco is re-elected to Assembly, the same GOP committee will appoint someone to replace him there.
That rankles his Assembly opponents, Democrats Lisa Bhimani of Mendham Township and Darcy Draeger of Chester Township, who contend Bucco should have dropped out of that race.
“On behalf of the entire team, I want to congratulate Senator Anthony Bucco on his new job. It’s just too bad he found another way to show his disregard for 25th District residents on his way out,” Bhimani said in a statement, accusing Bucco of participating in a “partisan power grab” that typifies “the self-serving Trenton politics that voters are fed up with.”
Bucco’s Assembly running mate is Brian Bergen of Denville. He seeks the seat being vacated by Michael Patrick Carroll, who chose instead to run for Morris County Surrogate. Carroll lost that primary race.
The 25th District includes much of Morris County, including Morristown and Morris Township, and a sliver of
Sussex Somerset County.