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Election November 4, 2014

FYI – We are also monitoring results on Twitter @BlueJersey.

Revised through early Wednesday morning:


U. S. Senate  

Booker (D)

House of Representatives

Norcross (D-01), LoBiondo (R-02), MacArthur (R-03), Smith (R-04), Garrett (R-05), Pallone (D-06), Lance (R-07), Sires (D-08), Pascrell (D-09), Payne (D-10), Frelinghuysen (R-11), Coleman (D-12)

Republicans gain control of the U. S. Senate.  Republicans 52, Democrats 44, Independent 1 and still undecided 3.

WE WILL HAVE SIX DEMOCRATS AND SIX REPUBLICANS IN OUR DELEGATION (no change in the balance). We are proud of having the first NJ African-American woman congressperson Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12). The other new members of our delegation are Donald Norcross (D-01) and Tom MacArthur(R-03).

Below the fold: Updated Election results


  • Each NJ Congressional District: Who won in the prior 2012 election and by how many points over the challenger, and the most recent poll where available, plus individual winner projections.

  •  The one U. S. Senate race: 2013 results, the most recent poll, and projected winner. (No surprise here.)

  •  National U.S. Senate: Current Senate party membership split, number necessary for Republicans to take control, with an overall projection.

  • National House of Representatives: Current House party membership split, and an overall winner projection.

  •  National Governors: Current party membership split, and overall projection.    

  • Who won last night’s CD12 debate at TCNJ: Bonnie Watson Coleman or Alieta Eck?

    Bonnie Watson ColemanIt was pouring rain last night on The College of New Jersey’s Ewing campus for the debate of CD12 combatants Dr. Alieta Eck and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. Hard to find the Mayo Concert Hall in the dark. Note to college: more lighting. And the parking lot wasn’t anywhere near it. Nevertheless, it was a packed house. And that was great. Made for many lively moments of engagement from the noisy audience of students and local politicos, to the frustration of the moderator.

    This district, Rush Holt’s until January, is not competitive. Only late-breaking scandal or, you know, a massive comet will change the outcome. Bonnie Watson Coleman for the win. And that was reflected in the debate. Both women were confident and smooth in their delivery; they are both forces to be dealt with.

    But Eck was overmatched. She really had nothing much beyond the old right-wing chestnuts. Obamacare is baaaad. Taxes baaaad. Trickle-down economics yay! That stuff might fly in some other, gerrymandered-for-GOP congressional district (though Roy Cho is testing that idea like a boss in CD5) but this is Rush Holt territory.

    That said, it wasn’t the politicos in the room that drove the response, it was the students. From the start, Eck read the room wrong. Her opening statement was about herself, BWC’s was about the university and students, and a little of herself. Eck’s closing was off, too. While BWC closed making her best case of what she had to offer, Eck spent her time talking about her opponent.  

    Opening Up Campaign Coffers

    With elections less than three weeks away, on Tuesday November 4, there is no time to waste. Congressional Districts 2, 3, and 5 are districts where Democrats have launched strong challenges against Republicans. In the open CD 1 and 12, as well as others where the incumbent is a Democrat, the opposition is weak.  

    We have had to wait three months to get updated financials. The Federal Election Commission today published quarterly financial data on the candidates through September 30. One candidate has receipts of over $4 million, another less than $5,000, and several candidates have yet to report any receipts. One candidate has over $3 million in cash on hand and another has less than $5,000. A few candidates have had independent funders spend monies in support of or in opposition to them.

    See below the fold how candidates are faring financially in the last weeks before election.  

    CD12: Bonnie Watson Coleman’s first ad: “Solving Problems”

    First 30-second ad from Bonnie Watson Coleman, already up on cable. The ad spotlights her position on some key issues of interest to women; 100% pro-choice, 100% committed to improving women’s health care and 100% for pay equity. All at issue as her opponent, a working woman herself, hews to a party that is wobbly on all that.  

    But, may I say BWC gets big ups for including men in a message of where she stands for women? Good on her for that. The ad is called “Solving Problems.” What do you think, Blue Jersey?

    CD 12: Does Bonnie Watson Coleman Have the Advantage?

    There is little public polling done on NJ congressional races, but in the 12th Congressional District the Monmouth University Poll of May 19 finds “state Senator Linda Greenstein and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman are running neck-and-neck. Greenstein has the support of 25% of likely Democratic primary voters and Watson Coleman has 24%. Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula garners 11% and Princeton physicist Andrew Zwicker has 6%. 34% are undecided. Not very conclusive if you are wondering who will win.

    Below the fold are several metrics that suggest which candidate has the advantage in this hotly contested primary on Tuesday.  

    TONIGHT: CD12 Civil Rights & Liberties Debate – All 5 Candidates, Both Parties

    New Jersey’s 12th congressional district is am

    ong the best educated in the country (census). And it has been repped for 15 years by one of the most progressive members of Congress in the country (Holt: Highest Progressive Punch score in NJ’s House delegation). Part of Holt’s top designation is a near perfect ‘score’ in Human Rights & Civil Liberties, and other issues of social justice.

    CD12 Democratic Debate Season – Starts Tonight in Princeton

    In the race to succeed Rush Holt in Congress, there are four Democratic candidates; alphabetically Upendra Chivukula, Linda Greenstein, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Andrew Zwicker. Tonight, we’ll have our first chance to see how they stack up against each other, as the League of Women Voters moderates the first debate of the short campaign season that will produce a Democratic nominee in June. Whoever that is, will likely win November in this reliably Democratic distict.  

    Tonight’s Debate 7pm – Democratic Primary Candidates

    Witherspoon Hall, 400 Witherspoon St., Princeton

    Sponsored by League of Women Voters & Princeton Community TV

    Participating: Upendra Chivukula, Linda Greenstein, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Andrew Zwicker

    Audience questions will be taken before the debate.

    Televised on Princeton TV

    Future events – on the jump.

    Tonight’s Senate Primary Election Results

    This unique, short primary with an election date during the summer doldrums and only one race on the ballot has come to an end. We will provide updated results as we receive them.  

    Many at Blue Jersey have spoken out in support of progressives Rush Holt and Frank Pallone. However, in the polls Cory Booker started with a 46 point advantage and in the most recent Monmouth poll (ending July 11) he had a 37 point advantage. Nonetheless, with such a low turn out expected, it comes down to whether supporters of another candidate will come out in overwhelming numbers or Booker’s supporters will prove underwhelming. Strong progressives Rush Holt and Frank Pallone may have won our hearts and minds but they have been underdogs in the media/money/celebrity blitz which is Cory Booker.

    Below are the candidates.  

    Precincts reporting: 93% (as of 10:32pm)

    (This will be the last update tonight.)

    CANDIDATES            VOTES          VOTE %

    Cory Booker (D)    196,467        59

    Rush Holt (D)              54,258         16

    Sheila Oliver (D)          14,538           4  

    Frank Pallone (D)        65,804          20

    Alieta Eck, MD (R)        23,052          20

    Steve Lonegan (R) 94,287          80

    Based on the above 93% precinct data it appears that the turn out total will be about the same as last year’s Senate primary. The difference this year is there was more Democratic turn out and less Republican turn out.

    This is an open thread. What are your thoughts?  

    What’s Happening Today Tue. 08/13/2013

    You know what’s happening today. It’s voting day. With some polling places closed in the summer or under construction, your polling site may have been moved. Go to this state site to verify your polling place today.  

    Senate Primary news coverage: Look to online news sites such as nj.com for coverage. (Tonight’s NJTV schedule: 8:00pm Doc Martin, 9:00pm, Ballykissangel, 10:00pm Okie Noodling.) Blue Jersey will provide updates.  

    Christie meddling with the Supreme Court: Shock is setting in over Christie’s press conference yesterday announcing he would not re-submit for tenure Republican Supreme Court Justices Helen Hoens who completes her initial seven year term in October. He said “I was not going to let her loose to the animals. (The “animals” being Democratic legislators.) Has our governor considered taking anger management classes? He nominated instead Camden Superior Court Assignment Judge Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina who says he is a Republican. Our Governor appears hell-bent on radically reorienting our Supreme Court and eroding its independence. Will Sen. Buono make this a key issue in her campaign?

    Public Schedules:

    Governor Chris Christie: votes at 10:15 a.m. at the Emergency Services Building in Mendham.

    Buono/Silva Gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono: She casts Primary Day Ballot, 10:00am, Mildred B Moss School, 16 Simpson Pl., Metuchen; Barbara Buono: 2:45pm, Grace Church, 39 Erie St., Jersey City; Buono: Meet & Greet, 4:15pm, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 655 Teaneck Rd., Teaneck; Barbara Buono: Meet & Greet, 5:45pm; Paterson Community Recreation & Senior Center, 165 Fifth Ave., Paterson; Barbara Buono and Milly Silva: Meet & Greet, 7:15pm, Orange Avenue Park, 121 Orange Ave., Irvington. 

    Senate candidate Cory Booker: Votes early in the morning at University High School in Newark; attends a Paterson NAACP breakfast in mid-morning; greets voters at Newark Penn Station during the evening rush hour; Election Night Celebration, 8:15pm, Championship Plaza, Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark.

    Senate Candidate Rep. Rush Holt: 8:00 p.m. Election Day Watch Party, 10 Palmer Square East Princeton; Rep. Holt will join his campaign’s election night celebration at the Nassau Inn.

    Senate candidate Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver: 2:00pm, Orange Senior Citizens Center, 340-355 Thomas Blvd., Orange, available to the press. Election Results & Victory Party: 8:00pm, Oliver for Senate Campaign HQ, 570 Broad Street, 15th Floor, Newark, remarks to the crowd at 8:30 pm (tentative.) 

    Senate candidate Rep. Frank Pallone: 8:30am Vote – Elberon Firehouse, 173 Lincoln Ave., Long Branch; 9:00am, Breakfast – Amy’s Omelette House, 444 Ocean Blvd. N., (in Ursula Plaza), Long Branch; 11:00am; Long Branch Meet and Greet with Canvassers – Masonic Hall, 136 CP Williams Pl., Long Branch; 12:30pm, Campaign Stop with Assemblyman Cryan – Tropicana Diner, 537 Morris Ave., Elizabeth; 2:15pm, Edison Meet and Greet with Canvassers – Edison Hotel, 3050 Woodbridge Ave., Edison; 3:15pm, Newark Campaign Stop – 1st stop: James C. White Building, 516 Bergen St. Then to: Grace West Manor, 301 Irvine Turner Blvd. Time permitting: 2 Nevada St. and West Kinney Garden (333 W. Kinney St.) Newark; 5:30pm, Metuchen Train Stop – Metuchen Train Station, Main St. & Woodbridge Ave. (2 blocks east of Route 27); After the polls close, Election Night Headquarters at McCloone’s Pier House, 1 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch.

    Republican Senate candidate Alieta Eck, MD: Primary Celebration Party, 8:00-11:00pm, 595 Weston Canal Road, Franklin Township.

    Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan: Primary Night Victory Party, La Quinta Inn & Suites, 7-30-11pm, 350 Lighting Way, Secaucus.

    If you have an item for this column just email it to me the evening before at Borr5@verizon.net

    What’s Happening Today, Thursday, August 8, 2013

    The second and final Democratic Senate Debate, with all four candidates slated to appear, will be at 7pm on WBGO public radio and News 12 on cable TV from WBGO’s studios in Newark (and rebroadcast at 8 pm on WHYY public radio in Philadelphia.) Candidate Sheila Oliver spoke of tonight as a “take the gloves off” event.

    U. S. Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa, will have Part 2 of his NJToday interview broadcast tonight. Will Managing Editor Mike Schneider ask him why he co-signed a letter to Obama urging him to permanently delay the implementation of ObamaCare and another letter to Rep. John Boehner pledging not to vote for any continuing resolution (in effect closing down the government) that includes funding for Obamacare.

    Alieta Eck, M.D., Republican candidate for the U. S. Senate, is slated to announce today that she has received the endorsement of the Conservative Party USA, a minor national political party. Yesterday a Tea Party group endorsed her. Maybe she is starting to compete with Steve Lonegan or maybe some Tea Party groups don’t like him. However in yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll he was 64 points ahead of her.

    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will speak at a Booker event in Trenton at noon, and then visit a tavern and a barbecue in Paterson that evening. He will close the day at the kickoff event for the “Booker for Senate” bus tour around 10 p.m. in Newark. He is a longtime friend of Mayor Booker.

    NJ United for Marriage, affiliated with Garden State Equality: Open House 6:30 – 8:30pm First Congregational Church, 40 S Fullerton Ave., Montclair. They are launching an aggessive grass-roots effort. Meet the new field team and learn how you can help bring M.E. to NJ.

    Public Schedule

    : None. He is vacationing at the state’s expense at The Governor’s Mansion in Island Beach State Park.

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono: None.

    Senate: Higher Education Committee 10:00am – Committee Room 7, 2nd Floor, State House Annex, Trenton,  – S-2945 (pending intro and referral)  and other bills. The legislature is essentially in the summer recess but may hold further committee meetings and even a voting session if necessary.