In another competitive race, Senator Joe Penacchio (R-Morris) defeated a challenger in the 26th congressional district. But the high-profile congressional elections in the nearby 24th congressional district were too close for the Associated Press to call early Wednesday morning.
Republicans have the greatest chance of overturning one or both houses in years, despite the state’s deep blue color, due to the fatigue of Democratic rule and the new compromise state legislative district map they helped create. I am optimistic that we will get Democrats currently hold a 25-15 majority in the Senate and a 46-34 lead in the House.
“Tonight’s primary signals the beginning of change for New Jerseyans eager for the state’s Republican Party to take the lead in passing common sense solutions,” Dee Duncan, chairman of the Republican State Board of Leadership, said in a statement. It is.”
look to south jersey
Two of the hottest primaries were held in November in South Jersey’s Districts 3 and 4, the districts expected to be the most competitive. This is a region where a significant political shift to the right began during President Donald Trump’s tenure. Trump has courted blue-collar white voters on whom South Jersey Democrats often rely.
In District 3, Mr. Dulu (R. Gloucester) secured the Republican nomination with Rep. Bethanne McCarthy Patrick (R. Gloucester) and vice-presidential candidate Tom Tedesco of the Hopewell County Commission. They defeated Mr. Dulu’s former vice-presidential candidates, Rep. Beth Sawyer (R, Gloucester) and Joseph Collins Jr.
Despite the fact that Dar, Sawyer, and McCarthy Patrick all threw up their stalwart incumbents two years ago, Dar and Sawyer were irreconcilable constituencies and shared their disdain for each other. rice field.
Sawyer accused Dar of being bossy on social issues while doing little for the Trenton area, contrasting her own efforts to improve rural Salem County’s 911 system. . Dulu said it would be difficult to win re-election now that Democrats are paying attention and she would be happy to advertise her posts on social media before she is elected. Keep her legs closed. “
But Darr’s defeat of Sweeney made him a minor right-wing celebrity, which, combined with the support of all three Republican organizations in the district, likely helped defeat Sawyer’s support. .
Still, he won’t run for re-election. He will face former Democratic Rep. John Brugicelli, who lost with Sweeney in 2021. On Tuesday, Mr. Brugichelli, who is likely to campaign heavily funded by the Democratic Party of South Jersey, easily won his own primary. The race between Dulu and Burjikeri is expected to be one of the most watched races in November.
But Mr. Dulu’s close ally, Gloucester County Commissioner Nick DeSilvio, did not perform as well in the District 4 Republican primary, which had similar themes to the District 3 election.
DeSilvio, whose wife, Tina, is Dulu state chief of staff, lost to former Washington Township Rep. Christopher Del Bolero in the state Senate primary.
With 20-year incumbent State Senator Fred Madden (D-Gloucester) set to retire, the district is seen as a great pick-up opportunity for Republicans. The Democrats are running Rep. Paul Moriarty (D., Gloucester) for state senator. Moriarty and his running mate Dan Hutchison and Cody Miller were not opposed in the party’s primary.
The move is on the Republican side, with Del Bolero’s past social media posts taking advantage of Democrats who won the 2022 Gloucester County general election despite Republicans’ surge in Gloucester County the previous year. Some Republican leaders hired Del Bolero because he was
DeSilvio pleaded guilty to charges against Del Bolero’s brother, including that another company run by Del Bolero’s brother had rented strippers to the Bachelor Party, and that Del Bolero’s half-brother had used a check-cashing company to launder money. • Highlighted the Bolero family’s check cashing business and the controversies associated with it.
Democrats also participated in the Republican primary, distributing leaflets bashing Del Bolero, suggesting that Democrats view him as a harder candidate to defeat in the November election. there is
Del Bolero’s running mates Amanda Esposito and Matthew Walker also defeated DeSilvio’s running mates Michael Clarke and Dennis Gonzalez.
Rare Senate primaries in Essex
In North Jersey’s 27th District, former allies Cody and Gill, both Democrats in Essex, campaigned quietly.
Cody, who has health problems, won despite barely participating in the campaign. Mr. Gill also campaigned, but despite the unusual matchup between two incumbent senators, it was a low profile campaign.
Rep. John McKeon (Essex Democrat) and newcomer Alixson Corrazos, public relations expert in the City of Montclair and wife of Essex County Sheriff Brendan Gill, run for Congress against Nia Gill’s vice-presidential candidate Eve Robinson. won. He also defeated former Congressman Craig Stanley, who played a long-running battle with neither state senator.
Other races too close to call
In North Jersey, Republican constituencies were so fiercely contested that a victory in the primary effectively sealed victory in the general election. But for now, these races are too close to call.
Pennacchio, one of the most conservative state legislators and a longtime senator, was leading county commissioner Thomas Mastrangelo in the 26th district late Tuesday. The Associated Press called the race for Penacchio late Tuesday night. Congressional vice presidential candidates Brian Bergen and Jay Weber also won.
The Senate election was a messy and personal one. Mastrangelo, who defeated former Mendham mayor Sara Nebert in the Republican county commission primary last year despite Nebert’s party support, said he’ll be back after attending Drag Queen Story Hour in 2021. He accused Pennacchio of supporting his campaign.
Pennacchio has also dabbled in the culture wars, calling New Jersey’s sex education standards “indoctrination” because they teach about gender identity. Towards the end of the election, Mastrangelo even accused Pennacchio of spending campaign funds to buy meals at McDonald’s.
On Tuesday, Rep. Jay Weber and Rep. Brian Bergen (both Republican Morris) also led challengers, former Rep. Betty Lou DeClos and vice-presidential candidate Robert Peruso.
The Republican congressional primary for the 24th District of Northwest New Jersey was narrowly missed. Sussex County Commissioner Dawn Fantasia and Chester Mayor Mike Inganamort are running against Warren County Commissioner Jason Cernoski and Lafayette School Commissioner Josh Aikens. A fifth candidate, Robert Kovic, is running alone.
Fantasia and Inganamort held their lead early Wednesday morning with 83% of the votes counted, according to the Associated Press.running buddies There is a partisan in Morris CountyThe line has about a third of Republican primary voters, while Thurnoski and Aikens have the line in Warren County, which is just a fraction of the constituency.
Parker Space (Republican, Sussex) led the ticket, running unopposed in the primary to replace retired Senate Minority Leader Steve Orojo. Mr. Space has been controversial in the past for posing with a Confederate flag and having the flag tattooed on his arm, both of which Mr. Lonnegan brought up during his campaign before leaving.
This district is one of the most Republican districts in the state. All of the candidates publicly spoke out against abortion and in support of gun rights, a sensitive issue for the hotly contested Republican Party.
Daniel Han and Ry Rivard contributed to this report.