Bonnie Watson Coleman Elected as New Jersey’s First Black Congresswoman

Bonnie Watson Coleman
Bonnie Watson Coleman

Central Jersey voters made history Tuesday in the election of Bonnie Watson Coleman as New Jersey’s first black congresswoman.

The Democratic assemblywoman from Mercer County will replace retiring Rep. Rush Holt in Congress.

Coleman, who was expected to win over Republican health-care professional Alieta Eck in the mostly Democratic district, also becomes the state’s first woman House member in more than a decade, and the first Democratic woman sent to Washington by the Garden State in nearly 40 years.

There were no upsets elsewhere in Central Jersey.

Rep. Leonard Lance coasted to victory over his Democratic rival, Clinton Town Mayor Janice Kovach, winning a third term in the Republican 7th District stretching from Millburn in Essex County through Morris Warren and Hunterdon counties.

And Rep. Frank Pallone was set to win another term in the 6th District of Middlesex and Monmouth counties, although county clerks had not tabulated enough votes by late Tuesday night. Pallone has been in Congress since 1988.

Both parties appeared to each maintain their six seats in the state’s 12-seat delegation to Washington.

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SOURCE: Sergio Bichao

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