BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Unsurprisingly, the uncontested candidates for Bernards Township Committee and Somerset County Freeholders all won their party's support on a local level in Tuesday's primary election.
The real race for those positions will be in November. At that time, in the race for two spots on the Township Committee, Republicans John Surano and Joseph Esposito will face Democrats Joan B. Harris and Robert J. Mascia.
In the primary results reported by the Township Clerk _ with additional mail-in votes sent to Somerset County not included _ Surano and Esposito received 1,738 and 1,756 votes, respectively; Harris and Mascia received the endorsement of 1,517 and 1,481 Democratic voters. All will be listed on the November ballot.
Locally, Bob Hugin received 1,608 Republican votes for U.S. Senate, trailed by 220 votes for Brian D. Goldberg.
Menendez loses primary vote in Bernards Township
At least in Bernards Township, incumbent U.S. Senator for New Jersey Robert Menendez, cleared of bribery and corruption charges earlier this year, received 731 votes, while his Democratic challenger, Lisa McCormick, gained the votes of 783 local voters who are registered Democrats.
Incumbent Lance shown support
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (District 7) won the Republican primary locally with 1,530 votes; compared with 152 votes for Raafat Barsoom and 140 votes for Lindsay C. Brown, both his GOP challengers.
In the Democratic primary race for U.S. House of Representatives candidates, frontrunner Tom Malinowski gained 989 votes, followed by 248 votes for Peter Jacobs, and 248 votes for Goutam Jois.
In the primary vote for Republican Somerset County Freeholders, incumbents Patrick Scaglione and Mark Caliguire received 1,707 and 1,664 votes in their campaign to regain their two seats on the county Freeholder board.
Democrats Shanel Robinson and Sara Sooy, who will challenge them in November's general election for the two Freeholder spots, received 1,400 and 1,403 votes respectively.
In total, 17.06 percent of the township's 20,569 registered voters cast a ballot, according to the Township Clerk's Office.