Enjoying the party line in Essex County
is the ticket of Assemblywoman Nia H. Gill of Montclair for state Senate and Passaic County Freeholder Peter Eagler of Clifton
and East Orange Housing Authority Commissioner Willis Edwards III
Eagler , who is also a Clifton councilman , said he
would step down when his
term ends in May 2002 if he
is elected to the Assembly.He
also would have to give up his
full-time job with the New Jersey Highway Authority.
A second Democratic slate is headed by state Senate candidate Sheila Oliver , the assistant Essex County administrator and a former Essex County freeholder.
Running with her
are incumbent Assemblyman Leroy J. Jones Jr. and Jay Curtis Hutchins.All are from East Orange , and the competing tickets appear to be an outgrowth of a Democratic feud between Jones and East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser.Jones has also filed to run for mayor.