Volume 8/Issue 10

  • 2018 Election Recap

Senator Menendez Wins Re-Election

U.S Senator Bob Menendez won re-election by a 9-point margin of victory over former pharmaceutical CEO Bob Hugin on Tuesday.

The Senator ran his campaign on being a check against the polices of President Trump, while casting doubt against Mr. Hugin’s claims that he would be an independent voice from the Administration despite being a Republican. The Senator’s victory was built around strong turnout from his home county of Hudson, as well as from the traditional Democratic strongholds of Essex, Middlesex and Camden counties.

Democrats Make Historic Gains in NJ Congressional Delegation

Democrats will hold at least 10 (and maybe 11) out of the State’s 12 congressional seats for the next two years after Tuesday’s elections.

Former Navy Helicopter Pilot and U.S. Attorney Mikie Sherill, a mother of 4, defeated GOP Assemblyman Jay Webber by 56-44 percent margin in the 11th Congressional District. That district, which encompasses Morris, Passaic and Essex Counties, was represented by retiring Republican Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen for more than 20 years and has not seen a Democratic representative since the 1980s.

Tom Malinowski, a former Assistant Secretary of State in the Obama Administration, ousted 10-year GOP Congressman Leonard Lance in the 7th Congressional District which includes Hunterdon, Union and Somerset Counties, normally a reliable Republican stronghold.

Democratic State Senator Jeff Van Drew won the open seat in the 2nd Congressional District, that is comprised of several shore area communities and was held by longtime Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo.
The race in the Burlington County/Ocean County 3rd Congressional District between incumbent GOP Congressman Tom MacArthur and Democratic challenger Andy Kim remains very close to call. But Democratic challenger Andy Kim declared victory last night although the result is unofficial.

Democrats Elected in Every Special Election for State Legislative Seats

Special elections were held for legislators to serve the remainder of a term in multiple districts across the state. In every instance, the Democrat running for State Senate or General Assembly won his or her campaign.

State Senator Joe Lagana and his team of Assemblyman Christopher Tully and Assemblywoman Lisa Swain won the Bergen County-based seats in the 38th Legislative District. Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli and Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson won the Mercer-Hunterdon County-based 15th District, which includes the State Capitol of Trenton.

Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake won the Essex and Passaic County-based seat in the 34th District to fill the term of former Assemblywoman/current Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver. Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese was elected to the fill term of former Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, who now serves as the State Commissioner of the Department of Banking and Insurance.

Assemblyman William Spearman was elected to fill the term of the seat in the Camden County-based 5th legislative district.

Significant County Election Results

Democrats also made gains at the county level, winning control of the Burlington County Board of Freeholders and picking up two seats in Somerset County for the first time in almost 40-years. Republicans regained control of the Salem County Board of Freeholders one year after losing their majority.

Voters Approve Bond Act for County Vo-Technical Schools and Community Colleges

New Jersey voters narrowly approved the "Securing Our Children's Future Bond Act," which allows for the issuance of bonds to fund $500 million in grants for county vocational-technical school districts and county colleges to upgrade facilities to meet the needs of technical education programs and for improved school security and updated school water infrastructure.

The bipartisan legislation creating the act was sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, GOP State Senator Steve Oroho and Democratic Assemblyman Dan Benson.