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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Garrett wins

U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) was re-elected to a fourth term, defeating Democrat Dennis Shulman by a 57%-42% margin.

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Adler ready to make victory speech; Myers calls him to concede

Mt. Laurel -- The hotel ballroom just erupted in cheers as John Adler made his way inside.

Myers Campaign Manager Mark Warren said that Chris Myers called Adler to concede.

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Adler wins House seat

Democrats have picked up a Republican House seat in New Jersey's third district, with State Sen. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) defeating Medford Mayor Christopher Myers.  The incumbent, Republican Jim Saxton, is retiring after 24 years in Congress.  Democrats have not won this seat since 1882.

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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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The Back Room

Christie campaigns in New Hampshire

When asked in New Hamsphire today about whether he was considering a presidential run in 2016, Gov. Chris Christie said he wouldn’t discuss his plans until after November.

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Wake-Up Call

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Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

“Clearly there’s some resemblance with Theodore Roosevelt. That direct confrontational style of leadership.” - historian Doris Hearns Goodwin, referring to Gov. Chris Christie.

- The Times of Trenton

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