Republicans held control of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, and will have a 3-2 majority next year. GOP incumbent Robert Clifton was re-elected, but Democrats captured an open Republican seat with John D'Amico, a former Freeholder, State Senator and Superior Court Judge, defeating Republican Jeff Cantor by just 316 votes.
In Someret County, with Republican Patricia Walsh leads Democrat Melonie Marano.
Democrats picked up a Freeholder seat in Cumberland County, with Joseph Pepitone ousting incumbent Mary Gruccio.
In Burlington County, Republican Joseph Donnelly won an open Freeholder seat, defeating Democrat Tom Bader.
Democrats narrowly held two Freeholder seats in Passaic County. Incumbents Terry Duffy (29,980) and Pat Lepore (27,775) defeated Republicans Jerry Holt (24,318) and Joseph Stinziano (22,756).
Democrats held three Freeholder seats in Bergen County, but by a very narrow margin, according to The Record:
James M. Carroll* (D) -- 44,684
Tomas J. Padilla* (D) -- 44,179
Elizabeth Calabrese* (D) -- 45,155
Charles J.X. Kahwaty (R) -- 42,265
Robert B. Yudin (R) -- 42,932
Paul A. Duggan (R) -- 43,115
In Monmouth County, Republican Kim Guadagno, a former federal prosecutor, defeated Democrat Jack Hill by a 52%-48% margin.
In Hunterdon County, Republican Deborah Trout defeated Democrat Bruce Cocuzza by a 54%-46% margin.
Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield was re-elected.Read More >
Republicans won key local races, replacing Democratic Mayors in Hamilton Township, Toms River and Brick.
Hamilton Mayor Glen Gilmore has lost his bid for re-election to a third term to Republican John Bencivengo by a 51%-49% margin.
Former Ocean County Prosecutor Thomas Kelaher was elected Mayor of Toms River, defeating Democrat Richard Strada by a 52%-37% margin. Carmine Inteso, a Republican Councilman running as an Independent, finished third. This is a Republican pickup; the incumbent, Democrat Paul Brush, did not seek re-election. The GOP also swept the Council races.
In Rutherford, Democratic Mayor Bernadette McPherson, a Bergen County Freeholder, was ousted in a landslide. She won just 31% of the vote against Republican John Hipp.
Republican Stephen Acropolis was elected Mayor of Brick, defeating incumbent Democrat Daniel Kelly by a 55%-45% margin. This is a GOP pickup. The race was for the unexpired term of Joseph Scarpelli, a Democrat who was convicted of corruption charges. Republicans won 4 Council seats.
In Marlboro, Democrat Jonathan Hornick ousted GOP Mayor Robert Kleinberg by a 60%-40% margin.
In Demarest, Carole Cardinale, the wife of State Senator Gerald Cardinale, lost her bid for re-election to the Borough Council, losing to Democrat Melina Ianuzzi by 130 votes. Incumbent William Connelly was re-elected.
In Bogota, where Republican Steven Lonegan did not seek re-election, Democrat Patrick McHale defeated Republican Andrew Fede by 48 vote, 885 to 837.
In Franklin Township, Republican Brian D. Levine was re-elected, defeating Democrat James Vassanella by 348 votes.
In Hillsborough, Democratic incumbent Paul Drake lost his bid for re-election to Republican Frank DelCore by 44 votes.
Berkeley Mayor Jarson Varano, a Democrat, was re-elected by a 56%-44% margin.
In a rerun of the May Hoboken Ward 4 Council race, Dawn Zimmer leads Christopher Campos by a 55%-45% margin, with 3 of 4 districts counted.
Former Assemblywoman Rose Marie Heck staged a political comeback, winning election to her old job as Mayor of Hasbrouck Heighs. She defeated Democrat Maryetta Saccomano by a 51%-31% in a three-way race.
In Higlands, Monmouth County Freeholder Anna Little was elected Mayor. She defeated Democrat John Urbanski by 115 votes in a three-way race.Read More >
The last campaign stop for the 14th district Democratic Assembly candidates was a low key one.
After a whirlwind day of visiting union halls and polling places, Linda Greenstein and Wayne DeAngelo spent about 15 minutes of the chilly night outside of an Acme Supermarket in Hamilton. They were joined by Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts.Read More >
Democratic campaign spokesman Jeff Meyer said early intel shows high voter turnout in key Democratic Party towns in the 8th district: Evesham, Moorestown and Pemberton Township.
"That is a very good sign for us," said Meyer in a brief telephone interview from party headquarters in Mount Laurel.
Republican state Senate candidate Phil Haines remains the favorite against Assemblyman Francis Bodine, who switched parties earlier this year to run for the state Senate in district 8.Read More >
Shavar Jeffries launches 2014 mayoral campaign in Newark NEWARK - The Boys and Girls clubs hosted the professionally staged announcement for Shavar Jeffries’ Mayoral candidacy announcement. Over 400 supporters packed the gym, some of whom had already committed to the candidate, while others were still undecided. Max Pizarro-PolitickerNJ.com http://www.politickernj.com/65777/shavar-jeffries-launches-2014-campaign-mayor-son-newark...
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