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With one of the largest fields in recent history — 278 candidates for 120 seats — New Jersey's Senate and Assembly primary races this year are turning more heads than usual.
Nineteen out of the state's 40 legislative districts are playing host to contested primaries, with a handful featuring real dogfights. Some of them are being waged over seats left open by retiring or upwardly mobile incumbents; others, however, are taking place between established lawmakers and outsiders hoping to change how business gets done in Trenton.