Lorenzo Langford

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Lorenzo Langford
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Candidate for
New Jersey Senate District 2
Associate'sAtlantic Community College
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina Central University
ProfessionAtlantic City Mayor
Lorenzo Langford was a 2011 Independent candidate for District 2 of the New Jersey State Senate. He confirmed intention to run for the State Senate seat on June 2, 2011, but withdrew from the race on September 20, 2011. Langford was seen as a potential spoiler candidate for incumbent Jim Whelan. While Langford declined to make a formal endorsement, he stated his intention to vote for Vincent Polistina (R).[1][2]

Langford is the current mayor of Atlantic City. On June 3, 2008, Lorenzo won the Democratic nomination in the primary election for mayor. He went on to win the election on November 6, 2001, defeating incumbent Democratic senator Jim Whelan in the race. Whelan served as Atlantic City mayor for more than a decade, defeating Langford twice before losing to him in 2001.[3] Prior to becoming mayor, Lorenzo worked for years in the casino industry, as pitt boss and pit manager for ten years. In 1992, Langford ran for the office of City Councilman and defeated the incumbent Council President. He was subsequently re-elected twice to represent Atlantic City’s Fourth Ward.

Langford graduated from Atlantic Community College and North Carolina Central University, where he earned a B.S. Degree in Business Administration.



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Langford was an independent candidate for District 2 of the New Jersey State Senate. Langford withdrew from the race on September 20, 2011. He was opposed by Vincent Polistina (R) and incumbent Jim Whelan (D) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[4]


Asbury Park Press

District 2 is one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two are Districts 14 and 38. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cite a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argues APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 2 is roughly 9,200 (down from 11,000).[5]

NJ Spotlight

With 2nd District Republican incumbent Rep. Vincent Polistina choosing to run for the State Senate, NJ Spotlight has identified the 2nd as a potential place for the GOP to lose a seat in the Assembly. Following redistricting, the 2nd gained Democratic communities, losing Republican Galloway Township and picking up Democratic Somers Point, Buena and Buena Vista.[6]

Courier Post

On June 7, Langford made the decision to run in the 2011 Senate race as an Independent. In the past, Langford has identified with the Democratic Party, defeating then incumbent mayor Jim Whelan (D) in 2001, Langford's third attempt at unseating him. It is speculated that if Lorenzo remains in the race, Whelan will likely lose. Langford claims that he is a serious candidate stating his extreme dissatisfaction with Senator Whelan's vote on S11 (Atlantic City Tourism District).[7]

Others view Langford as a "spoiler" candidate. Whelan's campaign manager, Justin Myers, claims that candidate Vincent Polistina (R) recruited Langford to help split the Democratic vote. Both Langford and Polistina have denied working together to adversely affect the election. Langford has said that if he were to drop out of the race, he would likely throw his support behind Polistina.[7][8]

Langford ultimately decided to withdraw from the race on September 20, 2011. Langford declined to make a formal endorsement but stated his intention to vote for Vincent Polistina (R). Langford also stated his intention to "list the many instances that speak to Jim Whelan’s ineptness as mayor, as well as those occasions when he betrayed Atlantic City residents and sold us out."[9]

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