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Elections: Democrats Win Union County Freeholder, NJ State Assembly Seats

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Union County Freeholder Bruce Bergen and Al Mirabella (center) with Jerry Green (right) Credits: John Mooney
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Jim Kennedy and Jerry Green, who will both represent the 22nd District of the NJ General Assembly. Credits: John Mooney
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Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi with Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh (left) and Jerry Green (right) Credits: John Mooney
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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- In an election notable for its low turnout -- 18 percent, according to Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, who easily won reelection on Tuesday  -- the Democrats were the big winners in the Union County Freeholders and 22nd NJ Legislative District races.

Newcomers did well locally. Although far from a political novice, Jim Kennedy, the former mayor of Rahway, will return from the private sector and represent the 22nd Legislative District in the NJ Assembly. Kennedy, who replaced Linda Stender as Jerry Green's running mate following her NJ Shore House controversy, outpolled his Assembly candidates -- Green and Republicans Bo Vastine and William Michelson -- countywide.

Al Mirabella, a Fanwood resident who also serves as the Scotch Plains Township Manager, won reelection to his Union County Freeholder position, along with his running mates Mohamed S. Jalloh and Bruce H. Bergen.

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At the Democratic victory party held at L'Affaire in Mountainside, Jerry Green celebrated his party's expected County wins, along with big upsets in Summit.

"We will do wonders in Trenton especially when we have a new President and get rid of Chris Christie," said the 76-year-old Green, who has represented the 22nd Legislative District since 2002 and served as the Assembly's Speaker Pro Tempore since 2008.

In his victory speech, Freeholder Al Mirabella thanked Scotch Plains and his running mates.

"It is wonderful to walk door-to-door and talk with the people of Union County," said Mirabella, who campaigned hard right up until Election Day despite his incumbent status.

"I never take anything for  granted," Mirabella told TAPintoSPF.

Union County Freeholder (three-year term)
Alexander Mirabella (D)
Mohamed S. Jalloh (D)
Bruce H. Bergen (D)

Union County Clerk (five-year term)
Joanne Rajoppi (D)

NJ Assembly (22nd Legislative District)
Jim Kennedy (D) 11,399 votes
Jerry Green (D) 11,098   votes
Bo Vastine (R) 7,684 votes
William Michelson (R) 7,284 votes

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