Sunday, December 2, 2012
NJ needs to adopt rules to ensure everyone can vote more easily if another disaster hits.
All the ballots have finally been counted in New Jersey. Once they are certified by the state canvassers on Friday, New Jersey can finally close the book on this difficult election. Or can it? The constitutional litigation clinic of Rutgers Newark Law School is poking into the votes, asking for information about the processing of special balloting New Jersey Secretary of State Kim Guadagno ordered to help those displaced by Superstorm Sandy. Remember, thousands were homeless, either literally because their houses were destroyed or left uninhabitable, or by choice because they had left cold, dark buildings to stay with family or friends or at a hotel. Even some polling places were without power and so had to be moved. Guadagno ordered the …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
And County Clerk Brett Radi said it could be because of the hurricane.
With only 60 percent of registered voters turning out for this year's presidential election, Somerset County Clerk Brett Radi said his gut feeling is that it was because of the hurricane. "I would have no way to answer other than with my gut," he said. "[In that case] absolutely it has to do with the hurricane." In prior years, Radi said, presidential elections brought out 80 percent of voters, including the last one in 2008. And this year, he said, only 60 percent showed up on Election Day. "And we had some communities where turnout was in the low 50 percent, like the northern communities," he said. "That's not typical of a presidential election." "Many of those areas are without power even today," he added. "I just got mine back Tuesday …
Filipe Pedroso was elected to serve on the township council.
A lifelong Bridgewater resident, Filipe Pedroso just wants to see the township thrive as he prepares to begin his first full term on council after winning in the Nov. 6 elections. "I am very pleased that the residents have confirmed that I have the right vision for Bridgewater," Pedroso said. "I have lived in Bridgewater for practically my entire life. I love this town dearly, and want to see it continue to be the absolute best place to live." Republican incumbent Pedroso, who is finishing an unexpired term this year after Dan Hayes was elected mayor in 2011, received a total of 8,621 votes, while Democratic challenger William Metz received 6,764 votes. "I hope to stay actively involved in the community doing some volunteer work, maybe …
Patrick Breslin, Jacqueline Barlow and Aaron Kurdyla won spots on the board of education in Tuesday's election.
One incumbent and two newbies will join the board of education come January after voters had their say in Tuesday's elections. Incumbent Patrick Breslin was elected to the board for his second term, earning 5,159 votes, while newcomers Jacqueline Barlow and Aaron Kurdyla earned 4,956 and 4,830 votes, respectively. "I am flattered that I got the support from so many people, and I had the help and enthusiasm of so many people who got our message out and got out to vote," Breslin said. "It's been a privilege to serve the last three years, and an honor to be given the chance to do that again for the next three." Barlow said she is excited about what's to come. "I'm very honored and humbled to actually be selected," she said. "I'm really …
With some races still too close to call, county Republicans got together at the Somerville Elks Club.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Somerset County Republicans came together Tuesday night at the Somerville Elks Club to celebrate election day and the end of their campaigns. For some, like District 7 Congressman Leonard Lance (R), the vote margin by the end of the night was large enough for multiple reports to call the election in his favor. For others, like incumbent Freeholders Patrick Scaglione and Mark Caliguire, as well as District 16 Assemblywoman Donna Simon, their slim leads coupled with provisional and fax or email ballots still to be counted, the victories were still not stamped Tuesday evening. However, each candidate celebrated what they believed to be victories with each other at the Elks Club. "We need to work together in a bi-partisan manor to solve our …
Scaglione and Caliguire lead with provisional, fax and email ballots outstanding.
Republican incumbents Patrick Scaglione and Mark Caliguire led by a very narrow margin in their quest for new terms on the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders after all precincts were counted in Tuesday's election. However, with provisional and fax or email ballots still to be counted, the race remained too close to call. After Sandy displaced thousands of New Jersey residents, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno signed an order allowing voters to submit a mail-in ballot application by email or fax. That makes things more uncertain than usual at the end of election day. Scaglione received 62,495 votes, or 26.20 percent, and Caliguire received 60,578 votes, or 25.39 percent. Democratic opponents Anthony Pranzateli and William Galtieri were both …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Defeats Democratic challenger Upendra Chivukula.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Congressman Leonard Lance (R) has once again won the District 7 Congressional election, according to the Associated Press. Lance, who has been in office since 2009, defeated Democratic challenger Upendra Chivukula, with the report calling the election for the incumbent. Lance had held off a primary charge from David Larsen to appear on the ballot. The report called the race for Lance early, who had a large lead throughout Tuesday evening.
Filipe Pedroso took about 56 percent of the vote.
Republican incumbent Filipe Pedroso was elected to a term on council in Tuesday's elections, with a total of 8,621 votes. A total of about 56 percent of registered voters, or 16,666, cast ballots in Tuesday's election. Democratic candidate William Metz received 6,764 votes. These are the unofficial results from the township. *Indicates winner District breakdown of votes *Absentee ballot results are not yet available. Results from the referendum question
About 17,000 votes were cast.
Incumbent Patrick Breslin was elected to another term on the Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education in Tuesday's election, earning 5,159 votes, the most of all eight candidates. A total of about 56 percent of registered voters, or 16,666, cast ballots in Tuesday's election. Also elected to the board of education were Jacqueline Barlow, with 4,956 votes, and Aaron Kurdyla, with 4,830 votes. "I'm flattered," Breslin said of his win. Breslin was the only incumbent to win a seat on the board this year. These are the unofficial results from the township. *Indicates winner District breakdown of votes *Absentee ballots are not yet available.
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 …