HAWTHORNE, NJ - Pamela Fadden, a mathematics teacher at Hawthorne High School, is also the President of the Hawthorne Teachers Association and their lead union negotiator. Additionally, Fadden serves as NJEA consultant to her home county of Morris. On Friday, Fadden, who lives in Jefferson Township, announced that she and Melissa Brown Blaeuer of West Milford would be running as a Democratic ticket for New Jersey's 26th Legislative District, presently represented by Republicans Jay Webber and BettyLou DeCroce.
The 26th Legislative District does not include Hawthorne, which is part of LD38. LD26 incorporates Fairfield, North Caldwell, Verona, and West Caldwell in Essex County; Butler, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Lincoln Park, Montville, Morris Plains, Parsippany-Troy Hills, and Rockaway in Morris County. West Milford is its sole Passaic County town.
“Our district needs the kind of on-the-ground representation that makes things happen. Public service is about listening to people to really understand what is best and what is needed in our communities,” Fadden said in a statement.
Republicans have controlled LD26 without interruption since 1982 in both the New Jersey Assembly and the New Jersey Senate.
Hawthorne is no stranger to state-level politics. Former State Senator John Girgenti (D) calls Hawthorne home and served in the NJ Assembly from 1978-1990, then in the State Senate from 1990-2012. Mayor Richard Goldberg (R) ran for District 38 Assembly in 2011, winning the Republican primary, but he fell short of defeating Tim Eustace (D) and Concetta Wagner (D) in the general election.