Madison Democrats celebrated the results of the June 6 primary at the Morris County Democratic Committee Spring Gala held on Tuesday June 13 at the Knoll West Country Club in Parsippany.  

The primary election featured strongly contested contests for both parties’ nomination for governor.  Winning Democratic candidates up and down the ballot out-polled their Republican counterparts for office by margins of nearly 2 to 1 in Madison. The Democratic nominee for governor, Ambassador Philip Murphy, out-polled the Republican nominee by 482 votes to 232. The Democratic nominees for Madison Borough Council, Council President Carmela Vitale and Downtown Development Commissioner John Hoover, out-polled the Republican nominees, by 913 and 878 to 503 and 481 votes, respectively.

“We are very pleased by the primary results,” stated Vitale.  “We believe that it bodes well for the fall campaign.  Over the coming months, John and I will be walking, meeting and speaking with voters throughout Madison in our campaign for council.  We believe that the two of us have the experience in municipal government, the demonstrated commitment of service to the community, and the plan for the future that will allow us to build on the many successes we have had in effective municipal government since I was elected in 2011.”

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“There was a lot of excitement at the gala”, added Hoover, who is Chairman of the Madison Democratic Committee. “Like us, Democrats across the county are anxiously looking forward to the November election, where we will elect a new governor, a state legislature, a county freeholder, and numerous positions at the municipal level, including the two seats on the Madison Borough Council that Carmela and I are seeking.”

Former New Jersey governor and state senator for the 27th legislative district, Richard Codey, was the featured speaker at the gala.  The 27th district includes the Morris County municipalities of Chatham Township, East Hanover, Florham Park, Hanover Township, Harding Township and Madison. 

Governor Codey was an earlier supporter of Ambassador Murphy in his successful quest for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Jersey.  In his remarks, Codey observed that Murphy grew up in a working class family and knows what it is like for a family to live from pay check to pay check.  Codey promised that a Murphy administration will clean up the terrible mess that the Christie administration has made of NJ Transit.  “Their mismanagement and under-funding has wrecked what was once a national leading transit agency,” he said.

Codey also stated that as governor, “Murphy will get the state’s financial house back in order.”  New Jersey now has the worst funded pension system in the country, and as a consequence, the state’s bond rating has fallen precipitously to near junk status during the Christie years.

 According to Governor Codey, “Murphy will also treat our educators with the respect they deserve and will restore the funding our public schools by the state to pre-Christie levels according to the funding formula mandated by the courts.”  He will also work to restore state funding for Planned Parenthood, increase the minimum wage in New Jersey to $15 an hour, and put the state on a path to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.