Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Both parties waited for results, cause for celebration in Morristown.
It was a tale of two political parties, and the parties they held across the street in Morristown. For Morris County, a Republican stronghold, most of those at The Side Bar spent the night celebrating a wide slate of GOP victories. While over at Democrat HQ, those gathered waited to see if President Barack Obama would get four more years.
Three GOP candidates win three-year seats; one wins two-year unexpired term.
By the end of Tuesday night, it appeared the Republicans would run the table in Morris County freeholder races. David Scapicchio (101,453) of Mount Olive, John Krickus (102,424) of Washington Township, and John Cesaro (103,233) of Parsippany were expected to win three three-year terms on the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, defeating Democrat challengers Toshiba Foster (64,266) of Morristown, Wasim Khan (61,848) and Joy Singh (64,733) of Parsippany and Independent candidate Maureen Castriotta (3,067) of Roxbury. Fellow Republican William "Hank" Lyon (100,812), meanwhile, defeated Democrat challenger Truscha Quatrone (63,766) for an unexpired two-year term with the freeholders. Lyon has been a freeholder since March but needed to …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen defeated former Roseland mayor, Democrat John Arvanites.
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen will return to Congress for his 10th term. Frelinghuysen, of the 11th Congressional District, beat Democrat John Arvanites, the former mayor of Roseland. A member of Congress since 1995, Frelinghuysen is a member of a family that has been involved in New Jersey politics since the 18th Century and had previously served on the New Jersey General Assembly from 1984 to 1995. Frelinghuysen, of Harding Township, handily beat Arvanites in Morris County with 91,421 vote (64 percent) to his opponent's 50,052 (35 percent). His lead was not quite so solid in Passaic and Essex counties, which Frelinghuysen now represents since redistricting took place in the state. In a press release issued shortly after his victory was …
Incumbents win three-year seats over challenger.
Lisa Ellis and Kevin Blair were re-elected Tuesday to three-year seats on the Madison Board of Education, according to unofficial results. Ellis and Blair received 3,475 votes and 3,063 votes, respectively, while challenger Brenda Catalanello received 2,033 votes, the preliminary results showed. Board member Linda Gilbert, running unopposed to be elected to the remaining year of a term she was appointed to fill a year ago, had 3,883 votes.
Democrats win three-year seats on the governing body.
Madison voters elected Democrats Astri Baillie and Benjamin Wolkowitz to three-year seats on the Madison Borough Council, beating Republicans John Hoover and Carmen Pico, according to unofficial results. Preliminary results, not counting provisional ballots, showed Baillie, a former councilwoman, and Wolkowitz, receiving 3,149 and 3,123 votes, respectively. Hoover and Pico received 2,854 and 2,728 votes, respectively. "I'd like to thank the people of Madison for their support, and I look forward to working on behalf of everyone in Madison," Wolkowitz said. Hoover said he and Pico set out to do the best job campaigning they could, ran an honest campaign and enjoyed a tremendous amount of support. Hoover, the Board of Health president, said …
Voters in New Jersey on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's 14 electoral votes.
Barack Obama won New Jersey’s 14 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in New Jersey. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections.
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
Update: This article was updated at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 7 with quotes from Gov. Chris Christie. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." "The task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you," Obama told supporters in his acceptance speech shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. "It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression. The spirit that has lifted …
Republicans have conceded the senatorial seat to incumbent Robert Menendez.
As the ballots pour in from Sandy-ravaged New Jersey, Robert Menendez has emerged victorious in reclaiming his U.S. Senate seat against Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos. With just over half of polling districts reporting, state Republicans have conceded victory to Menendez. The U.S. senator leads 58 percent to 40 percent as of 10:30 p.m., according to CBS News. "Senator Joe Kyrillos ran a great campaign against very tough circumstances and despite the loss, his family, campaign team, and supporters should be very proud of their efforts," New Jersey Republican Chairman Sam Raia said in a statement late Tuesday night. "Joe represents the very best of New Jersey and has fought for his constituents faithfully from the day he took office and …
'I'm happy to see so many people turn out,' Madison resident Georgeanne Limbach said.
Poll workers at the Madison Area YMCA saw 50 people an hour coming in to vote for the first few hours after the polls opened at 6 a.m., and then a steady steam of voters throughout the day, a poll worker said. At the Madison Public Library, poll workers also described a big turnout. Resident Georgeanne Limbach said when she pulled in to the library parking lot to vote on Tuesday afternoon, she wound up behind a car with bumper stickers expressing political views the opposite of hers. It made going to cast her vote feel more important. "They tell me inside the turnout's incredible," she said. "I'm happy to see so many people turn out." After she voted, Democratic Borough Council candidate Ben Wolkowitz pulled in to vote. Limbach had said he…
ACLU asks Superior Court judge to intervene, high volume of application requests extends deadline for email, fax ballots.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The deadline for electronic voting has been extended after email and fax ballots caused headaches Tuesday throughout the state. A high volume of requests overwhelmed county officials, including in Morris where the chairman of the Morris County Board of Elections told NJ.com it may take weeks to determine the outcome of some close local elections. Morris County issues began to surface on Monday when it was discovered some information on the county clerk's website directing voters not able to get to the polls was either inaccurate or misleading, NJ.com reported. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey also plans to file an emergency petition requesting a state Superior Court judge in Essex County to intervene to force the state to …