By PolitickerNJ Staff | March 22nd, 2014 - 6:16pm
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In Monmouth County, where two freeholder seats are up this year, Republican incumbent Lillian Burry survived a tough challenge by just 28 votes against Howell Councilman Bob Walsh at today's county party convention.

Freeholder Gary Rich received 294 votes, Burry 227 and Walsh 199, giving Burry and Rich the nominations.

At their own convo, Democrats nominated Joe Grillo of Asbury Park, a principal at Ideal Tile Franchises and Larry Luttrell, a Holmdel based attorney.

For US Senate, Republicans held two ballots to get a winner. Home county resident Rich Pezzullo of Freehold won. The first ballot was Pezullo 164, Murray Sabrin 105, Brian Goldberg 72 and Robert Tukevage 44. The second ballot was Pezullo 153, Sabrin 101.

Monmouth based Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon had strongly backed Pezzullo.

Republican Congressman Chris Smith was voted by the Republicans by acclimation and Old Bridge attorney Anthony Wilkinson by acclimation to run against Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone. Democrats nominated attorney Ruben Scholvanio, a former New York City prosecutor, to challenge Smith and nominated incumbent Senator Cory Booker by a acclimation for a full-term. 

MIDDLESEX

In Middlesex County on Saturday at a convention helmed by Republican County Chairman (and State Senator) Sam Thompson, Ramapo Finance Professor Murray Sabrin won the GOP line in the U.S. Senate contest.

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