HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – State Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th, is confident voters will select him in today’s statewide Primary vote over Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to be the GOP candidate for Governor in the Nov. 7 General Election.
Polls are open until 8 p.m.
Ciattarelli, a Hillsborough resident, is one of five Republican Gubernatorial candidates in today’s New Jersey Primary election.
Others include Steven Rogers, Nutley commissioner of Public Affairs; Joseph Rudy Rullo, a businessman who ran for U.S. Senate in 2012; and Hirsch Singh, an engineer and businessman.
“I have never felt more confident about our prospects,” Ciattarelli said early Tuesday morning before hitting the road for a series of last-minute campaign appearances. “Thousands of supporters working the phones, knocking on doors, putting out signs, carrying our message on social media and financially contributing to our campaign has put us in the position to win today.
“Over the last three days,” he added, “I have heard the same message from voters at diners, train stations, ferry terminals, the boardwalk and at my Town Hall meetings: Republicans are ready for a new direction.
“After watching our campaign's momentum grow for weeks, we are seeing a late surge that puts us in the position to win the election today,” he said.
Locally, all four candidates for Township Committee, two Democrats and two Republicans, are running unopposed in today’s local Primary.
Republican incumbents Doug Tomson and Gloria McCauley will face Democrats Jane Staats and Harry Burke for two three-year seats.
Democratic candidates for the party’s Gubernatorial nomination include Bill Brennan, activist and former firefighter; Jim Johnson, former U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement[; Raymond Lesniak, State Senator and former Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee; Phil Murphy, former United States Ambassador to Germany and former Goldman Sachs executive; John Wisniewski, State Assemblyman and former Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and Mark Zinna, Tenafly Borough Council president.
Republican and Democratic voters will also select their candidates for state Senate and state Assembly.
Longtime Republican state Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman is running unopposed in the GOP Primary, as is Democratic candidate Laurie Poppe, a Hillsborough resident.
Running unopposed in the 16th Assembly Primary is Democrat incumbent Andrew Zwicker, who will be joined by Roy Freiman. Republcians running unopposed are Donna Simon, a former member of the Assembly who was defeated by Zwicker two years ago and Mark Caligure, a Somerset County Freeholder.
The 16th Senate and Assembly District includes the Hunterdon County municipalities of Delaware Township,Flemington Borough, Raritan Township, Readington Township and Stockton Borough;Princeton in Mercer County and South Brunswick in Middlesex County and the Somerset County municipalities of Branchburg Township, Hillsborough Township, Manville Borough, Millstone Borough, Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill Borough and Somerville.
Statewide, today’s Assembly election features 17 contested primaries, including 11 Democratic races and six Republican races. Heading into the general election, Democrats hold a 52-28 majority. Republicans would need to flip 13 seats in order to take control of the chamber in November.
The statewide Senate races feature eight contested primaries: three Democratic races and five Republican races. Four incumbents are facing challengers in the 2017 primary elections: two Democrats and two Republicans. Heading into the general election, Democrats hold a 24-16 majority. Republicans would need to flip five districts in order to take control of the chamber in November.
There are 16,019 registered voters in Somerst County; 31.4 percent Democrats, 2.6 percent Republians adn 43.7 percent unaffiliated.