Longtime Republican New Jersey State Assemblyman John Catalano is contending for the Brick mayorship against Democrat Lisa Crate, choosing not to run for reelection to his state seat.
The reason? Catalano said that, being a Republican, he simply can’t get anything done at the state level.
“I’ve been really happy doing the Assembly job,” Catalano told the Asbury Park Press. “But my heartstrings weren’t being pulled anymore by Trenton. When you’re in the minority, and you’re trying to do what’s right for the people, it’s very difficult to get any bills, partisan or nonpartisan,… to a committee or onto the Assembly floor.”
“I didn’t feel like being in Trenton, I was able to give back to the people,” he added. “You would want to do something and you’d never see it done.”
His comments are prescient when taking into account the heated race between incumbent Republican Assemblyman Ned Thomson and his challenger, Democrat Avi Schnall, in his neighboring district.
Schnall has made this very argument his primary one throughout his campaign, saying that a Republican legislator cannot do anything at the state level, pointing to Thomson’s dismal legislative record over his seven years in office as evidence of this.