Elections

Guadagno Defeats Ciattarelli in GOP Gubernatorial Primary; Phil Murphy Tops 5 Democratic Challengers

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Hillsborough resident and state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, R-16th, lost his campaign for the GOP Gubernatorial nomination to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in Tuesday's statewide Primary contest.
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SOMERVILLE - All four candidates for Borough Council, 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans, ran unopposed in Tuesday’s New Jersey Primary.

The Primary vote determines the candidates for the Nov. 7 General Election.

In the GOP Gubernatorial Primary, Hillsborough resident and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli couldn’t get enough traction to overcome rival Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who has served 7 ½ years under Gov. Chris Christie. At 10:30 p.m. with 85 percent of the vote counted statewide, Guadagno held a commanding 17.5 percent lead with 97,362 votes. Ciiattarelli had 61,528 votes.

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In Somerville, Ciattarelli received 308 votes;  Guadagno received 83 votes.

The story was much the same in the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, with Phil Murphy far outdistancing his closest rivals by 27 percent. As of 10:30 p.m. Murphy's vote total statewide was 213,975. His closest rival, jim Johnson had 95,085 votes and state Sen. John Wisniewski had 93,389 votes.

Murphy received 250 votes in Somerville.

Guadagno and Murphy will face off in the Nov. 7 Gubernatorial election in the race to replace two-term Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Following are the Republican and Democratic Primary vote totals in Somerville for Borough Council, Somerset County Freeholder, state Assembly and state Senate, and Governor:

Borough Council: Incumbent Jason Kraska, a Republican, received 380 votes; incumbent Dennis Sullivan, a Democrat, received 594 votes. Kraska’s running mate, Fred Picchiello, who ran unsuccessfully last year, received 383 votes.  Democrat Fred Wied received 566 votes.

 Two other members of the Somerville Borough Council, longtime Mayor Brian Gallagher, a Republican, and Borough Council Steve Peter, a Democrat are running for higher offices.

Gallagher is running for County Freeholder along with incumbent Republican Brian Levine, former mayor of Franklin Township. Gallagher received 386 votes; Levine, 366.

Peter is running as the Democrat candidate for County Clerk against Republican incumbent Brett Radi. Peter received 562 votes;  Radi received 392 votes in their respective primaries.

Other Republican Gubernatorial candidates and their vote totals in Somerville included Steven Rogers, Nutley commissioner of Public Affairs (16 votes);  Joseph Rudy Rullo, a businessman who ran for US Senate in 2012 (15 votes) and Hirsch Singh, an engineer and businessman (16  votes).

Democratic candidates for the party’s Gubernatorial nomination and their vote totals in Somerville included Bill Brennan, activist and former firefighter (43 votes); Jim Johnson, former U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement (221 votes);  Raymond Lesniak, state Senator and former chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (44 votes); John Wisniewski, state Assemblyman and former chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (219 votes) and Mark Zinna, Tenafly Borough Council president (28 votes).

In the 16th District Senate Primary, longtime Republican state Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman, running unopposed, received 404 votes in Somerville. The Democrat candidate in the 16th Senate District, Laurie Poppe, a Hillsborough resident, received 555 votes.

Running unopposed in the 16th Assembly Primary was Democrat incumbent Andrew Zwicker, who will be joined by Roy Freiman. In Somerville, Zwicker received 557 votes; Freiman, 538. Republicans running unopposed were Donna Simon, a former member of the Assembly who was defeated by Zwicker two years ago and Mark Caligure, a Somerset County Freeholder.  Simon received 376 votes in Somerville; Caliguire, 372.

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, Tuesday’s Assembly election featured 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 featured 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.

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