WARREN, NJ - With so much focus on the national political scene, TAP into Warren reminds voters of the importance of local elections to the future of our community.  Tuesday, June 7 is the New Jersey Primary election. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and voters go to their regular polling location.  

“With the New Jersey Presidential Primary Election just days away, the stage is now set for the registered voters of Somerset County to go to the polls and cast their ballots for the presidential candidates and other down-ballot candidates of their choice,” said Somerset County Board of Elections Administrator Jerry L. Midgette.

The New Jersey Primary is a closed primary system by party affiliation. However, those Unaffiliated voters wishing to participate may affiliate at their polling location.

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The last day to change party affiliation was April 13. “However, a currently ‘Unaffiliated’ voter can still choose to affiliate with either the Democratic or Republican parties at the polls on Election Day and vote in that particular party’s primary election. You cannot however change from one party to another at the polls on Election Day,” Midgette said.

In the 7th Congressional District, four-term incumbent Leonard Lance is being challenged for the fourth consecutive primary by Tewksbury businessman David Larsen.

Freeholder Pat Walsh and Sheriff Frank Provenzano are unopposed in the Republican primary. Franklin Police Lt. Darrin Russo and Maria Rodriguez won the Democratic party's backing for sheriff and freeholder, but are being challenged in the primary by, Alexander Clark and Lisa Kazmier.