Nineteen candidates officially removed from June ballot, one pending

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May 13, 2011

by Jackie Arthur

New Jersey

TRENTON, New Jersey: As of the April 11 signature filing deadline, 282 candidates (134 Democrats, 148 Republicans) filed their petitions. As of today, 19 candidates have been removed, leaving 263 candidates (127 Democrats, 136 Republicans) on the ballot.

The 19 candidates who were officially removed from the ballot are listed below, broken down by chamber:

State Senate

  1. Shannon Wright (R), D22 - withdrew
  2. Gwendelyn Sanford (R), D34 - disqualified
  3. Simon Grubin (R), D36 - withdrew
  4. Michael Agosta (R), D38 - withdrew
  5. Michael Cino (R), D39 - disqualified
  6. Lorraine Waldes (D), D39 - disqualified

General Assembly

  1. John Caramanna (D), D4 - disqualified
  2. Ken Gordon (D), D7 - withdrew
  3. Yvette Sterling (D), D7- disqualified
  4. Haresh Hemrajani (D), D12 - disqualified
  5. Daniel Toto (D), D15 - disqualified
  6. Denise Coyle (R), D16 - withdrew
  7. George Tannous (R), D25 - withdrew
  8. Gary Steele (R), D26 - disqualified
  9. Joseph Scafa (R), D26- withdrew
  10. Anthony Iannarelli, Jr. (D), D39 - disqualified
  11. Michael McCarthy (D), D39- disqualified
  12. Michael Wilson (R), D39- disqualified
  13. Sara Adele Higgins (R), D39 - disqualified

Still pending is the candidacy of Carl Lewis, nine-time Olympic Track and Field champion and State Senate hopeful from District 8. Lewis was originally ordered off the ballot on April 26 by New Jersey's Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno due to Lewis' residency requirement conflicts. Lewis has since filed a lawsuit against Guadagno and the State of New Jersey. However, despite Lewis' original removal from the ballot, New Jersey vote-by-mail residents received ballots containing Lewis' name this week, because of the current undecided nature of the suit.[1]

All 120 legislative seats (40 Senate, 80 Assembly) are up for re-election this year.

Senate partisan breakdown

Party As of December 2014
     Democratic Party 24
     Republican Party 16
Total 40

House partisan breakdown

Party As of December 2014
     Democratic Party 48
     Republican Party 32
Total 80

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