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Murphy and Sweeney endorse Mazzeo for state Senate
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Murphy and Sweeney endorse Mazzeo for state Senate

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Gov. Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney on Tuesday announced their endorsement of Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, D-Atlantic, in his candidacy for state Senate in the 2nd Legislative District.

The 2nd District race opened up recently when incumbent Republican Chris Brown said he would not seek reelection this year.

“As a small business owner and a veteran lawmaker, he’s been a tireless advocate for the middle class and Main Street,” Murphy said.

Mazzeo owns B.F. Mazzeo produce market in Northfield. He is expected to announce his Democratic running mates soon, with incumbent Assemblyman John Armato and Atlantic County Commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick likely candidates.

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On the Republican side, former Assemblyman Vince Polistina, of Egg Harbor Township, has announced he will run for Senate on a slate with former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and Margate attorney Claire Swift.

Brown has endorsed Polistina to succeed him.

Sweeney said Mazzeo’s small business experience gives him insight into the needs of county residents and businesses.

“Following in the footsteps of former Sen. Jim Whelan, Atlantic County will be served well by Assemblyman Mazzeo joining the ranks of the New Jersey Senate,” said Sweeney. “When Atlantic City reached a crisis point four years ago, it was Vince Mazzeo who worked across party lines and led the way to save the city from bankruptcy and protect the livelihoods of thousands of men and women.”

Mazzeo was one of the architects of the bill to restructure how casinos pay their property taxes, known as the payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) bill.

The 2nd District represents most of Atlantic County.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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