Welle mulls a run for Assembly in LD 13


Josh Welle marching in Asbury Park with Sen Bob Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone

NewJerseyGlobe is reporting that Josh Welle said he is considering as run for State Assembly in from the 13th Legislative district.

“It’s something I’m taking a look at,” Welle told the New Jersey Globe.  “I’m going to take the next few weeks to see if that makes sense and see if it’s the best way for me to serve.”

Welle, who is registered to vote in Virginia, did not say if he would seek the Democrat or Republican nomination for Assembly.   He’s been a registered Democrat for less than two years, declaring himself a D after he was turned down for a White House Fellowship in the Trump Administration in 2017.  Shortly thereafter he started running for the Democrat nomination for Congress from New Jersey’s 4th district.

Republican incumbent Amy Handlin announced in October that she will not run for reelection in 2019.

Despite the fact that Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district, the 13th is considered a safe Republican district. Unaffiliated voters consistently elect Republicans on the county, state and federal level.

In his race against Congressman Chris Smith, Welle was only competitive in two of the five towns that overlap CD-4 and LD 13.  He won in Fair Haven, 1735-1313, and lost in Little Silver by only 33 votes (with 35 voting for a third party candidate) 1702-1669.  Smith crushed Welle in Holmdel (4,212-3,172), Middletown (8,628-6,228) and Rumson (1,909-1,573).

All 80 seats in the Assembly, two from each district, are on the ballot next November.

Republican incumbent Serena DiMaso of Holmdel is running for a second term from the 13th district.  Unless former Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno of Monmouth Beach decides to run, Dimaso’s Republican running mate will probably be from Middletown, the largest town in the district.  Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, a former Middletown mayor,  hasn’t decided if he will run for Freeholder or Assembly next year.  If neither Guadagno nor Scharfenberger runs for Assembly, Monmouth County Tax Board Commissioner Steve Massell, a former Middletown Township Committeeman, will be the favorite to be DiMaso’s running mate.

Welle could probably have one of the Democrat nominations without any competition.

The only other Democrat in the mix for a LD 13 Assembly nomination so far is Allison Friedman, a Public Defender who also serves on the Matawan-Aberdeen School Board.  Friedman ran for Assembly in 2013.

Posted: December 3rd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

5 Comments on “Welle mulls a run for Assembly in LD 13”

  1. Suggest said at 9:51 pm on December 3rd, 2018:

    he continue campaigning on the beach- out of the district..

  2. Mrosa said at 6:33 am on December 4th, 2018:

    Please, no Guadagno for LD 13. Lets get new blood instead of career retreads.

    As for DiMaso. It’s time to show her the door. Up on several ethics and admin charges, and going to a country festival when she should have been in Trenton that day…..not good

  3. Hahahaha said at 10:06 am on December 4th, 2018:

    Good luck with that Carpet Bagger Welle

    And I see the hate parade is back on line.

  4. looking for 80 Republicans said at 3:47 pm on December 4th, 2018:

    with gov Murphy’s unconstitutional and illegal gun ban and constant raising of taxes, there is no reason that 80 republicans cant get elected next year. That guy and his dem friends have actually made this state intolerable for everyone.

    for those who dont know millions of your neighbors will become fellons on Dec 10 for possessing property that they legally purchased and have owed for any number of years. And if you dont know, then you may also not know that you yourself may be a terrible fellon on Dec 10.


  5. Whats said at 4:33 pm on December 4th, 2018:

    a fellon?