Jaffer won’t Run for Reelection in LD16

Candidate Jaffer with her daughter.

Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer (D-16) won’t pursue reelection.

An academic by trade, the former mayor of Montgomery served a single term in the legislature, impressing those who knew her with her expertise.

But the business was not all for her, at least not at this time, when she evidently wants to spend more time with family.

The assemblywoman made calls this morning, surprising others in her political circuit.

“Getting the sense that Jaffer didn’t really like politics,” opined an insider.

It was true.

She wants to spend time with her eight-year-old, and family.

She laments certain things about the condition of politics right now, she told InsiderNJ.

“Certainly, social media has made people more immediate and the lives of elected officials more accessible,” she said.

The pace has accelerated considerably.

“There isn’t a lot of time to go in-depth, and a lot of picking sides,” Jaffer said.

Again, though, finally, she just wants more precious time with her daughter.

In 2021, the Democrat sent a letter out that contained the following:

“I am excited to announce that I am seeking the Democratic nomination for the New Jersey General Assembly in Legislative District 16.

“As a member of the Assembly, I will leverage what I learned during my two terms as mayor of Montgomery Township to serve the people of LD-16. I will ensure prosperity for all through economic development, access to health care, and infrastructure improvements. I will lead guided by the principles of economic justice, racial justice, gender justice, and environmental justice.

“As mayor, I focused on improved engagement, communication, and trust within the community. My signature initiatives included: creating and implementing a robust crisis communications plan to help Montgomery Township maintain some of the lowest COVID-19 infection and fatality rates in New Jersey; facilitating a participatory planning and design process for the Township’s new municipal center and library; responding to demands for racial justice by coordinating meetings for Black community members and youth activists with the Township’s police leadership to build trust and mutual understanding; and inaugurating a Youth Leadership Council to elevate the voices of young people who are energized to lead.”

As it turned out, her legislative career only last two years.

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