Smith wins in Bayonne

Mark Smith has been elected Mayor of Bayonne, defeating former Muncipal Court Judge Patrick Conaghan by a 46%-33% margin. Smith is the city's  Police Director.  Former Mayor Richard Rutkowski finished third with 15%, followed by 5% for City Clerk Robert Sloan and 1% for Raymond Rokicki, a city zoning official.

Adler supporters think victory is all but assured

John Adler remains in the war room upstairs, but his supporters seem optimistic about victory based on apparently strong results out of Burlington County.

Evesham Mayor Randy Brown just addressed the crowd, saying that every last precincts remains to be counted, but hinted that a victory speech is imminent.

“I’ve got the feeling that you’re really going to like what’s going to come down the elevator.”

The formerly “pensive” room has transformed into a party atmosphere.

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Blanco leading in Passaic

Blanco leading in Passaic

PASSAIC - Physician Alex Blanco leads the pack here in the mayors' race with five districts left to be counted.

In a five-man race, School Board President Vincent Capuana is currently in second place, trailing Blanco by 300 votes.

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Democrats win Burlington

Democrats Chris Brown and Maryanne Reinhart have ousted Republican Freeholders Aubrey Fenton and Stacey Jordan in Burlington County, and Democrat Timothy Tyler defeated Republican Gary Woodend in the race for County Clerk by a 54%-46% margin.  The GOP majority on the Burlington Board of Freeholders is now reduced to 3-2, and Democrats now have a County Clerk and Surrogate.

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Bell beats Osborne

Bell beats Osborne

NEWARK - Former Councilman Charles Bell defeated Eddie Osborne in the Central Ward tonight, by a 900-vote margin without provisional ballots.

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Langford elected Atlantic City Mayor

Democrat Lorenzo Langford has defeated Republican John McQueen by a wide margin the race for Mayor of Atlantic City.  Langford, a former Mayor, beat McQueen by an 87%-13% margin.  

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Race for control of Monmouth Freeholder Board is too close to call

With 99% of the vote counted, Democrats narrowly lead in their bid to win control of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders with Amy Mallet leading John Curley by 26 votes, 135,337 to 135,311. Republican incumbent Lillian Burry (136,521) is the top vote-getter, and Democrat Glenn Mason (127,367) is running 4th.

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Booker goes one for two on the night

NEW BRUNSWICK – Newark Mayor Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) did some microphone tag team in the build-up to what everyone here seems to read as an imminent Obama victory.

 “I am so proud that the candidate who is going to be our victor is someone about whom they said it can’t be done,” said Booker. “In America, we are a place of impossible dreams.”

Pallone shouted, “We’re going to end this war! We’re going to have universal healthcare.”

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >


(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
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    My Richard Nixon Ambivalence   Today is the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation address to the nation on August 8, 1974. At that time, I was ambivalent about... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

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