Veteran legislator Bonnie Watson-Coleman has become the third candidate to announce her intention to seek a reliably Democratic congressional seat held by the retiring Rep. Rush Holt.
Watson-Coleman told The Associated Press Thursday that she and Holt share similar beliefs in fighting for human, civil and environmental rights.
Holt unexpectedly announced his plan to step down after eight terms Tuesday.
State Sen. Linda Greenstein and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula also intend to run.
Watson-Coleman is a former Democratic Party chairwoman who has served in the state Assembly for 16 years in a seat once held by her late father, John S. Watson.
Counties and municipalities within the 12th District
East WindsorEwingHightstownHopewellLawrencePenningtonPrincetonTrentonWest Windsor
CranburyDunellenEast BrunswickHelmettaJamesburgMiddlesexMilltownMonroeNorth BrunswickOld Bridge*PlainsboroSouth BrunswickSouth RiverSpotswood
Bound BrookFranklinManvilleSouth Bound Brook
* Portions of these municipalities are located outside of the 12th Congressional District.