Barbara Toffler, Monica Honis and Mohammed Hameeduddin were the big winners in Teaneck tonight.
Incumbent councilman Elnatan Rudolph lost his seat, coming in fourth out of eight candidtes.
Toffler, a newcomer, was the top vote getter, followed by Honis and Hameeduddin, respectively.Read More >
JACKSON - Former Mayor Michael Kafton and his team beat incumbent Councilwoman Emily Ingram and her team by a margin of 2-1.
"When Democrats aren't afraid to run on the real issues in their community, even in the counties we think of as Republican, we can win," said Pat Politano, who ran the Kafton campaign.
Mike Reina (an independent Republican running with two Democrats) was the highest vote-getter, receiving 4,028 or 22.39% of the votes, followed by Bobbie Rivere, who won 3,945 or 21.93% of the votes, and Kafton: 3,826 or 21.27%.
The losers - Charles Garafano, Todd Porter and Councilwoman Emily Ingram - received 2,186, 2,021 and 1,947 respectively.Read More >
Belleville - Paul Mac Donald defeated Elvin Pereira in the 3rd Ward, 485 to 415 votes, according to the Essex County Clerk's Office.Read More >
Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas was defeated for re-election by a wide margin by challenger Wilda Diaz. Vas is a Democratic State Assemblyman.
Vineland Mayor Perry Barse lost his bid for re-election to a third term, losing 51%-32% to Police Lt. Robert Romano, the son of a former Mayor.
In Orange, where Mims Hackett is not seeking re-election as Mayor, Eldridge Hawkins was elected.
In the race for Montclair Mayor, newcomer Jerry Fried defeated (40%) Councilwoman Joyce Michaelson (35%) and Councilman Ted Maddox (25%).
In the race for Ridgewood Council, Keith Killion, Paul Aronsohn and Anne Zusy unseated incumbents Betty Wiest and Jacques Harlow.
Nutley Commissioner Carmen Orechio has lost his bid for re-election to an 11th term. The former State Senate President, who has held the seat since 1968, trails former Essex County Freeholder Joseph Scarpelli by 29 votes. Joanne Cocchiola was the top votegetter in the race for Nutley Town Commissioner, and will continue as Mayor for the next four years. Mauro Tucci, Thomas Evans were re-elected, and Al Petracco was elected.
Sparta will have a runoff election next month after a write-in candidate held four candidates to less than 50% of the vote.Read More >
MONTCLAIR -- As teams of candidates canvassed the Township’s neighborhoods today, outgoing Mayor Ed Remsen went to work at his day job.
There’s a small chance that the Montclair government could turn over completely today, with 22 candidates competing for the mayor’s office and six council seats. And after eight years in local government – four as mayor – Remsen has a chance to sit back and watch members of the slate he formed four years ago fight it out today.
Remsen listed some of his accomplishments during his four years on the council and his four years leading the body as mayor – a position that essentially amounts to a slightly more powerful councilman. From the moment he was elected, Remsen said, he only intended to serve four years. And he’s accomplished 75-80% of what he set out to do.Read More >
BELLEVILLE - This town’s toughest race - for an empty seat in the Third Ward - turned tougher today as state troopers finally told overzealous supporters of P.J. Mac Donald and Elvin Pereira to stay away from the polling places.
"I really wish it wouldn’t have gone this way, but I’m afraid it has," said Mac Donald, sitting on Washington Avenue in a van owned by the Teamsters, who have given their support to the retired Essex County corrections officer.
Pereira, a homeowner in Belleville for a year, figures he can win if lifelong resident Mac Donald’s bread and butter senior voter turnout stays low. In the middle of the afternoon, Pereira said morning voter numbers showed his campaign on target.Read More >
NUTLEY - A car pulls up in front of the VFW Building on Washington and Commissioner Carmen Orechio emerges from the passenger side.
"Hey, Carmen!" comes a familiar cry.
The former state senate president is well known in New Jersey.
But everybody knows him in Nutley, where the 84-year old has served for 40 years on the Board of Commissioners.Read More >
JACKSON - Team Kafton figured if they kept hitting the opposition with gypsy moths, taxes and Mayor Mark Seda's salary increase, they could beat incumbent GOP Councilwoman Emily Ingram and her running mates on Election Day.
In a few hours, they will learn the effectiveness of their repeated mail attack pieces coupled with five debate forums in which former Democratic Mayor Michael Kafton and his running mates kept pointing to Ingram's alliance with Seda.
"He's working the senior communities hard," campaign spokesman Pat Politano said of Kafton. "He's wandering everywhere. Mike's been all over town."Read More >
The upcoming Hollywood movie American Hustle delves into the seedy side of politics, which, yes, means that it’s set in – of all places - New Jersey.Read More >
Burlington Dems a lock on CD 3 nominee, other candidates still emerge As names of possible Republican replacements for U.S. Rep. John Runyan (R-3) swirl around GOP circles, so do Democratic congressional hopefuls among their respective party organizations. The Republican-leaning district that comprises Burlington and Ocean counties has yet...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
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