MONTCLAIR, NJ - Music, laughter and car horns could be heard for hours following the news of President-elect Joseph Biden's win over President Donald Trump. Residents and local-area supporters immediately took to the streets to express their joy Saturday afternoon and partied in the streets and on sidewalks, until well-after 7PM in Montclair.
With many COVID-19 regulations still in effect, the Presidential race in New Jersey was held largely by mail-in ballots. Ballots counted as of Saturday showed Essex County voters favoring Biden 3-to-1 over Trump, with the electorate casting 224,615 votes for Biden and 63971 votes for Trump, according to the unofficial results from the Essex County Clerk’s Office.
Initially, a few celebrators took to the streets Saturday afternoon, but as the hours ticked on, there were hundreds gathered on sidewalks and spilling out into the streets of Bloomfield Avenue near Montclair's Church Street intersection.
As cars slowly paraded past, joyful voters waved signs, yelled for joy out of windows and sunroofs and honked horns in support of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the nation’s first female, first person of Asian descent and first Black woman elected to the office.
Local business owner, Mike Guerriero, who owns an ice cream shop, Guerriero Gelato, said that he and his wife came outside to join in the festivities. They gave away free ice cream to celebrators.
Guerriero said, "It was definitely the light we needed after a rough week, rough year, it’s beautiful out here right now."
He added that seeing everyone's joy brightened the day for them. "We got here, saw how happy everyone was, hugging each other, dancing, and to lose ourselves in the moment, we went out and just gave out about 50-60 gelato pops."
Meanwhile, in Upper Montclair, dozens of residents also celebrated on Valley Road near the Bellevue Avenue intersection.