Keyes-Maloney Drops LD15 Assembly Bid

Ahead of Saturday’s scheduled LD15 special convention, Ewing Councilwoman Jennifer Keyes-Maloney today withdrew from the LD15 Assembly contest to succeed Acting Treasurer Liz Muoio.
Mercer is my home,” she said. “I believe we all have a responsibility to make the place where we live better.  That’s why I ran for Ewing Council over five years ago, and why I ‘threw my hat’ into the race for the Assembly,” she said. “Over twenty-five years ago, I came to the College of New Jersey expecting to enjoy college but never expecting to find a place where I would ‘put down roots.’  My father’s job took us all over the country, but I choose Ewing and Mercer as the place I wanted to be.  I found an amazing town in a truly great county.
“We’ve chosen a progressive leader in Governor Murphy, but his ability to govern successfully is directly affected by those who serve in the legislature,” the councilwoman added. “While New Jersey has a strong governorship, the writers of our state constitution saw the wisdom in separating authority.  Our legislators must serve as both a counterbalance or ally depending on the issue.  Whoever is selected for the 15th’s seat must understand the complex role they’ll play to achieve these dual objectives.  I’m confident that the person selected will demonstrate those skills, because I believe that the candidates in this race share the values I’ve articulated.  Given this, I’m comfortable withdrawing my name from consideration.”
The councilwoman’s withdrawal sets up a showdown among Mercer County Freeholder Tony Verrelli, Trenton Councilwoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson and West Windsor Councilwoman Ayesha Hamilton.
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