SUMMIT, NJ - There was lots of talk -- nationally and even at the state level -- about a 'blue wave' or a 'red wave' washing onto the political shore this election night.
Locally, while most folks you ask claim to vote for the person and not the party, the 'blue wave' has been cresting and churning into Summit's 'beachfront' for several years now, and that tide continued with the reelection and election, respectively of Democrats David Naidu and Greg Vartan to the Summit Council representing Wards 1 and 2, also respectively.
In unofficial elections results, Naidu -- the current Council president -- defeated Republican challenger John Dougherty 2,460 - 1,420 votes, a 63.4% - 36.6% margin. Vartan, who lost in 2016 by just nine votes to current Council Member Steve Bowman, outdistanced Republican Louis DeSocio 2,578 - 1,503, a 63.2% -36.8% margin.
Turnout was 52.7% of registered Summit voters.
In County and State races:
Robert Menendez (D) - 4,293
Bob Hugin (R) - 3,753
House of Representatives
Tom Malinowski (D) - 4,892
Leonard Lance (R) - 3,126
Union County Freeholder
Andrea F. Staten (D) - 4,371
Alexander Mirabella (D) - 4,267
Kimberley Mouded (D) - 4,231
Perter G. Kane (R) - 3,514
Patricia Quattrocchi (R) - 3,441
Joseph R. Sarno III (R) - 3,372