Burry retains freeholder seat, while Mallet still battling Curley for control of second seat

Burry retains freeholder seat, while Mallet still battling Curley for control of second seat
Freeholder Director Lillian Burry

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry won comfortably tonight, but the second seat remains up for grabs with provisional ballots left to be counted, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.

Burry won with 136,875 votes.  As it stands now, Democrat Amy Mallet leads Republican John Curley by 18 votes, or 135,688 to 135,670.

Mallet’s running mate, Glenn Mason, lost with 127,699 votes.

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Blanco wins Passaic mayor's contest

Blanco wins Passaic mayor's contest

PASSAIC - Physician Alex Blanco won the mayor's contest here tonight, defeating runner-up Vincent Capuana by 400 votes.

Blanco won with 3,872 or 28.01 percent of the vote.

Capuana received 3,465 votes, Jose Sandoval received 2,741 votes, Jose Garcia received 2,626 and Carl Ellen received 1,052 votes.


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Lance reaches out to the entire 7th District

Lance reaches out to the entire 7th District
State Sen.Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) with supporters Robin Visconti, left, and Nicole Davidman

SOMERVILLE - Claiming victory here tonight in his 7th Congressional District contest, state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) gave this crowd of Republicans reason to celebrate on an otherwse mostly difficult landscape.

"I think the editorial board support was important," said Lance, standing among his supporters in the Elks Club. "The papers unanimously endorsed me, and it mattered."

The final ad the Lance campaign ran in the cycle trailed those endorsements across the screen for emphasis.

The Stender campaign attempted to depict Lance as a Bush drone, and he ran much of the race without the necessary cash to punch back.

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Five-term Sheriff defeated in Atlantic

In the race for Atlantic County Sheriff, Republican Frank Balles ousted five-term Democrat Jim McGettigan by a 55%-45% margin.  McGettigan

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Democrats win Cumberland County

Democrats picked up a Freeholder seat and ousted a Republican Surrogate tonight in Cumberland County, giving Democrats a 7-0 majority on the Freeholder Board.  Republican Surrogate Arthur Marchand lost to Freeholder Douglas Rainear by a 55%-45% margin. 

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Perr relishes a victory

Perr relishes a victory
Burlington County Democratic Chairman Rick Perr

MT. LAUREL -- Burlington County Democratic Chairman Rick Perr inherited a perennial minority party. Tonight, it became relevant.

It was a lower-profile victory than Congressional candidate John Adler’s, which Burlington County played an integral role in. But now the Burlington Democrats have ridden a wave to take two freeholder seats and the county clerk’s office.

“We had the better message, and the better messengers. Burlington County was ripe for a change. It was something we’ve been talking about for the last two and a half years,” said Perr. “We knew that Democrats in Burlington County could win at the top of the ballot. The only reason we didn’t win down ballot is because we didn’t get the message out.”

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A huge night for Burlco Dems

A huge night for Burlco Dems
Adler enters his victory party

MOUNT LAUREL – There was a loud roar when State Sen. John Adler took the stage to make his congressional victory speech at the Marriott Hotel tonight.

“I guess that’s what it sounds like when you wait 122 years to vote for a Democrat,” said Adler.

It was a huge night for South Jersey Democrats.

Not only was it a good night for Adler, the first Democrat to represent this district since the late 19th century, but for the Burlington County Democrats, who picked up a County Clerk seat and two freeholders – routing the Republicans this time around. That Barack Obama looked to be on a sure path to victory against John McCain didn’t dampen the mood either.

“I take this vote as a mandate for positive change for society,” said Adler.

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Lance elected to Congress

Lance elected to Congress
U.S. Rep.-elect Leonard Lance

State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Flemington) defeated Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) in a hotly contested race for Congress in New Jersey's 7th district, keeping the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson in Republican hands. Lance beat Stender by a 51%-42% margin.

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Morning Digest: September 2nd

Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record) http://www.northjersey.com/news/campaign-season-now-under-way-in-bergen-county-1.1079080  ...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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