Guadagno Defeats Ciattarelli in GOP Gubernatorial Primary; Phil Murphy Tops 5 Democratic Challengers


BRIDGEWATER - All six candidates for township council, three Democrats and three Republicans, ran unopposed in Tuesday’s New Jersey Primary.

The primary vote determines the candidates for the Nov. 7 General Election.

In the GOP Gubernatorial Primary, Hillsborough resident and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli couldn’t get enough traction to overcome rival Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who has served over seven years under Gov. Chris Christie. At 10:30 p.m. with 85 percent of the vote counted statewide, Guadagno held a commanding 17.5 percent lead with 97,362 votes. Ciiattarelli had 61,528 votes.

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In Bridgewater, Ciattarelli received 1,184 votes, and Guadagno received 539 votes.

The story was much the same in the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, with Phil Murphy far outdistancing his closest rivals by 27 percent. As of 10:30 p.m. Murphy's vote total statewide was 213,975. His closest rival, jim Johnson had 95,085 votes and state Sen. John Wisniewski had 93,389 votes.

Murphy received 692 votes in Bridgewater.

Guadagno and Murphy will face off in the Nov. 7 gubernatorial election in the race to replace two-term Christie.

For township council, incumbents Republicans Allen Kurdyla, Howard Norgalis and Filipe Pedroso earned 1,606 votes, 1,605 votes and 1,574 votes, respectively.

On the Democratic side, challengers Howard Stamato, Sandra Rhue and Rebecca Dryl earned 1,380 votes, 1,415 votes and 1,401 votes, respectively.

Somerville Mayor Brian Gallagher, who is running for the second open county freeholder seat along with incumbent Republican Brian Levine, former mayor of Franklin Township, received 1,614 votes. Levine received 1,595 votes.

Democratic challengers for freeholder Alex Avellan and Shanel Robinson earned 1,396 votes and 1,411 votes, respectively.

Somerville Borough Council member Steve Peter is running as the Democratic candidate for County Clerk against Republican incumbent Brett Radi. Radi received 1,645 votes, while Peter earned 1,423.

For Assembly in the 23rd District, Republican incumbents John DiMaio and Erik Peterson earned 1,618 votes and 1,584 votes, respectively. Democratic challengers Isaac Hadzovic and Laura Shaw earned 1,390 votes and 1,449 votes, respectively.

Finally, for Senate, Republican incumbent Michael Doherty earned 1,625. His challenger, Democrat Christine Lui Chen earned 1,418.

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