WOODBRIDGE, NJ - The Democrats have come out ahead in the county-wide freeholder and state legislature races. Here are the numbers below.
Sen. Bob Smith easily defeated his Republican challenger, Daryl Kipnis, with 71 percent of the vote. Smith, of Piscataway, received 27,235 votes throughout the 17th Legislative District, compared to 10,976 for his challenger to earn another four-year term in the upper house.
In the Assembly, there was also little, if no, drama. Joseph Egan and Joseph Danielsen cruised to victories over two Republican challengers, Robert Quinn and Nadine Wilkins. There was also an independent in the race, Michael Habib,
"As a Democrat, we have nowhere to hide, it's all on us," Danielsen said at the Middlesex County Democratic Organization's victory party in Woodbridge. "We have to take ownership in everything we do and don't do."
"But I also like working with the Republicans," Danielsen added. "My exuberance in working across the aisle remains equally enthusiastic."
Egan was the top vote-getter at 26,670 votes, followed by Danielsen at 26,072. Quinn received 10,390 votes, Wilkins took 10,194 votes and Habib followed the pack at 763 votes. Victors received two-year terms in the lower house.
In the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Democrats Charles Tomaro and Leslie Kopppel came out ahead of their republican opponents in their campaign to hold onto their seats for the next three years.
Tomaro brought in 100,158 votes and Koppel brought in 99,738 votes. Republican Mina Kotel brought in 55,861 votes, while Priti Pandya-Patel brought in 51,178 votes.
"I remember being in this place a year ago, we had a lot of great victories in town," Tomaro said. "But I was watching the screen and Hillary go down. Watching her go down and knowing Trump would be our president."
Democrat Shanti Narra, who was campaigning for a one year seat on the board of freeholders, came out on top with 92,281 votes, while her opponent, Roger Daley, brought in 60,365 votes.
"It's given me an opportunity to go out to all the towns and meet everybody," Narra said at the victory party, "Going out to each of the towns and watching what everybody does."
The Democrat contender for the county surrogate also fared well. Kevin J. Hoagland won with 102,599 votes, nearly twice as many as Republican opponent Karim L. Nicola's 54,622 votes.
"We have three great freeholders that will continue to do a great job for all of us," Hoagland said.