Here are the top candidates for Congress from Hudson County

A number of candidates will run in the 2022 primaries in New Jersey.

The deadline for filing petitions for the 2022 congressional elections in New Jersey has passed, and with it begins the official midterm election season for the Garden State.

New Jersey’s three Hudson County seats, the 8th, 9th and 10th congressional districts, will see a number of candidates run for the House of Representatives. The districts themselves saw minimal change during the redistricting process, remain heavily Democratic, and are represented by Democrats.

8th congressional district

The 8th District will have the most candidates of any Democratic primaries statewide, with Rep. Albio Sires, a Democrat, retiring after his term ends in 2023.

The district includes North Bergen, Guttenberg, West New York, Union City, Weehawken, Hoboken, Harrison, East Newark, the northern half of Jersey City, the southern half of Kearny, and all of Bayonne. With the seat left vacant, five Democrats ran for office.

Democratic candidates include Robert Menendez Jr., son of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez; David Ocampos Garjales, a young healthcare worker from Jersey City; Brian Varela, former Chris Christie staffer and CEO of a marketing company in North Bergen; Ana Roseborough-Eberhard, a Weehawken Public School teacher; and Eugene MazoRutgers election law professor in Newark.

Menendez Jr. is the establishment favorite to succeed Sires, having received endorsements from officials across Hudson County, as well as Governor Phil Murphy and U.S. Senator Cory Booker. Garjales is running as a progressive candidate, while Varela has positioned himself as an anti-establishment candidate.

Roseborough-Eberhard, who officially announcement his candidacy yesterday, focuses his platform on public education, green communities and teen recreation centers, and supports DREAMer’s. Mazo has yet to announce his candidacy.

Marcos Arroyo, a housing inspector from western New York, is running unopposed in the Republican primary.

9th and 10th congressional districts

The 9th congressional district, which includes Secaucus and the northern part of Kearny, will see a rematch starting in 2020. Representative Bill Pascrell Jr., a Democrat, is running unopposed in the Democratic primary and will seek to face Billy Prempeh, a former Air Force member who previously ran against Pascrell and is also running unopposed in the Republican primary.

In the 10th congressional district, which includes the southern part of Jersey City, Representative Donald Payne Jr., a Democrat, faces two challengers in the Democratic primary: Imani Oakley, the former legislative director of New Jersey Working Families Alliance, and Akil Khalfani, director of the Africana Institute at Essex County College.

The two Republicans running in the 10th District Republican primary are Garth Stewart and David Pickney.

How to vote

The primaries will take place on June 7, with early voting June 3-5. Voters have until May 17 to register to vote in the primary election and until May 31 to request a mail-in ballot. To learn more about how to vote, visit

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