Turner: I could face a primary challenge in 2011

State Sen. Shirley Turner, D-Ewing, told PolitickerNJ.com Tuesday that she expects gay rights advocates within the 15th legislative district to mount a primary challenge against her ahead of the 2011 election.

“I’m sure they are. I think it’s wonderful this democracy we have. I admire and respect their rights as well as their tenacity,” said Sen. Turner, in today’s PolitickerNJ.com report.

Sen. Turner voted against a gay marriage bill that failed to pass muster in the state Senate in January.

Her move offended members of the state’s gay advocacy organizations who thought they had an opportunity to pass the legislation in the Democrat-controlled state legislature.

The measure, however, garnered only 16 yes votes in the upper house.

Trenton Mayor Douglas H. Palmer is said to be a possible candidate to eventually take over the 15th district seat, but his city’s worsening budget situation and the mayor’s deteriorating reputation amongst district voters present significant obstacles to such aspirations.

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