Bob Menendez has been declared the winner in his hotly contested reelection bid against former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin.
With 69% of the districts reporting, Menendez is leading Hugin 53.7 % to 43.%, according to the Associated Press. The AP, ABC News, NBCNews and NewJerseyGlobe all declared Menendez the winner before 9 pm.
Reports from all parts of Monmouth County indicate a historically high turnout for the mid-term election today. As of noon, some Middletown voting districts had a turnout of 50% of all registered voters.
In Neptune, as of 10 am, 3287 voters had turned out, which I’m told is 45% of the total turnout in 2014.
The turnout in a Manalapan district exceed the 2014 turnout as of noon.
There were lines to vote in Freehold Township, Long Branch and Howell this morning.
GOP U.S. Senate candidate visited the New Monmouth Diner in Middletown this morning. He said good turnout is good for Democracy and that he’s been hearing encouraging anecdotes from throughout the state.
Bob Hugin speaking with Middletown Republicans. photo by Art Gallagher
Bob Hugin will have a 25,000 vote lead over Senator Bob Menendez tonight but a winner will not be declared until November 20. Ballots post marked today and delivered by the post office by Thursday evening are to be counted under Governor Murphy’s new election law. There will be a record number of provisional ballots to be verified and counted or not. There will be counts, recounts, lawsuits and reviews of security cameras at the North Bergen and Jersey City Post Offices before the final outcome is known. Read the rest of this entry »
The first, Alexander G. Cattell, represented NJ in the U.S. Senate from 1866 to 1871. The other, William W. Barbour, was a U.S. Senator for NJ from 1931 to 1943. Both men were Republicans.
Cattell was one of the area’s first major developers as part of the Monmouth Beach Association. He owned a large house on Ocean Avenue. Barbour, a borough native born in July 1888, also served as Rumson’s mayor. He was the son of Colonel William Barbour, who was also an original developer of MB.
A little more digging showed me that the daughter of Senator H. Alexander Smith (a Republican who served NJ from 1944 to 1959) was married at the St. Peter’s Church of Galilee in town. She married a member of the Dominick family, which would produce its own senator, Peter H. Dominick, a Republican who served Colorado from 1963 to 1975. And one more — the uncle of Senator Nicholas F. Brady (a US senator for NJ during 1982) owned a large house on Ocean Avenue in MB.
So Monmouth Beach knows something about US senators.
Menendez leads Hugin 45-43% with Libertarian spoiler Murray Sabrin registering 3%. Other candidates and undecided voters total 8 percent. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.25 percentage points.
“Today’s poll is no surprise. Since launching my campaign, I’ve made over 400 campaign stops and met thousands of voters throughout the state,” said Hugin. “Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, voters want a Senator who will put New Jersey first and represent them with honor and integrity. That’s why a growing number of Democrats are publicly endorsing my campaign.”