MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. (AP) -- Democrats in northern New Jersey have picked Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley to fill a vacant seat in the Assembly.

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Assembly Chambers (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Elected members of the Union County Democratic Party tapped Holley Wednesday night to succeed Joe Cryan.

Cryan resigned his seat this month to take on the full-time role of sheriff.

Holley will serve out Cryan's term ending in November.

Democrats say Holley plans to seek the Democratic Party nomination in the June primary.

Holley won the seat with the support of Cryan and other Democratic lawmakers, including state Sen. Raymond Lesniak.

Holley spokesman Phil Swibinski says the swearing-in has not been set yet, but is likely to occur next month.


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