There will be no suspense in the GOP Freeholder races. The incumbents, Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Serena DiMaso ran a hard campaign. Their opponents did not. Tom and Serena will win easily in the county wide race.
Likewise, Sheriff Shaun Golden will once again easily defeat Dan Peters, and by a larger margin that he did in 2010. Peters benefitted by the Tea Party wave in 2010 and by being bracketed with Anna Little in the 6th Congressional District and David Corsi in the 12th Congressional District. Outside of the 13th legislative district, most of the county, Peters is bracketed with only his Freeholder running mates this time around. He’ll get no help from them.
Peters has run harder, and spent more money than his freeholder running mates, but he has made no justification for electing him to the job. Shaun Golden is clearly qualified and is doing the job well. Peters has not demonstrated that he is qualified. Hopefully Peters won’t need a job in 2016 and we won’t have to put up with a nonsense challenge to Golden again.
This entire primary race has always been about Joe Kyrillos and the 13th district. Joe and his running mates, Assembly Members Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon worked hard and spent the money necessary to win. The very likely will win comfortably. If the turnout in the 13th is 10,000 or more votes (out of about 35,000 registered Republicans) Joe, Amy and Declan will win by a landslide. If the turnout is between 7,000 and 10,000, their margin of victory will be comfortable.
If the turnout is 7,000 or less, there will be some nervous people at the Lincroft Inn tomorrow night. If it is 5,000 or less, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.