HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Any thoughts of an upset in the 16th District Assembly race Tuesday quickly vanished as vote totals from Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex counties were added to the those from Somerset County.
The district includes the Hunterdon County municipalities of Delaware Township, Flemington Borough, Raritan Township, Readington Township and Stockton Borough; the consolidated Mercer County municipality of Princeton; the Middlesex County municipality of South Brunswick Township; and the Somerset County municipalities of Branchburg Township, Hillsborough Township, Manville Borough, Millstone Borough, Montgomery Township, Rocky Hill Borough and Somerville Borough.
The Somerset County numbers showed Democratic incumbent Roy Freiman, a Hillsborough resident, running third behind GOP challenger Mark Caliguire, with Democratic incumbent Andrew Zwicker topping the field of four candidates. Christine Madrid, former mayor of Montgomery and Caliguire's running mate, ran fourth.
A total of 559 votes separated the 4 candidates in Somerset County.
Zwicker, seeking his third term, totaled 11,148 votes (25.8 percent); Freiman, seeking his second term in the Assembly, trailed Caliguire by 40 votes - 10,739 for Caliguire (24.86 percent) to Freiman's 10,699 votes (24.76 percent). Madrid received 10,589 votes (24.51 percent).
Freiman's vote total climbed quickly once vote totals from Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex counties were added.
Zwicker's vote totals in the four counties totaled 25,230,followed by Freiman, 25,017, far outdistancing Caliguire, 21,606 and Madrid, 21,387.
Caliguire and Madrid were favored by Hillsborough voters over incumbents Zwicker and Freiman. Caliguire received 3,795 votes; Madrid, 3,761, Zwicker, 3,683 and Freiman, 3,558. Both Caligure and Madrid are former mayors of neighboring Montgomery.
Caliguire, who served eight years as a Somerset County freeholder, also ran unsuccessfully against Freiman two years ago for Assembly.