Former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur (R-NJ 03) beat former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) by a wide margin in the scrappy primary race for Rep. Jon Runyan’s (R) seat. State Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ 12) will likely succeed Rep. Rush Holt (D) after winning the Democratic nomination. State Sen. Donald Norcross (D-NJ 01) will be the favorite against former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb (R) in the race for Rep. Rob Andrews’ (D) seat. And Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ 02) will face attorney Bill Hughes, Jr. (D).
Garry Cobb: 6,378 (68%)
Claire Gustafson: 1,334 (14%)
Gerard McManus: 863 (9%)
Lee Lucas: 766 (8%)
Donald Norcross: 18,264 (72%)
Frank Broomell: 3,878 (15%)
Frank Minor: 3,274 (13%)
Voter registration heavily favors Norcross, but he and Cobb both “have serious name recognition. Norcross is the brother of Democratic political powerhouse George Norcross and served as head of the AFL-CIO Central Labor Union and president of the Camden County and Vicinity Building Trades Council.” Cobb played for the Philadelphia Eagles was is well-known in the area as a sports broadcaster. (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Frank LoBiondo: 13,736 (82%)
Mike Assad: 2,935 (18%)
William Hughes: 10,922 (82%)
David Cole: 2,462 (18%)
“Hughes’ father held the seat from 1975 until his retirement in 1995. In 1992, Hughes Sr. fended off a challenge from LoBiondo, who went on to win the seat when Hughes did not seek re-election in 1994.” (Newark Star-Ledger)
Tom MacArthur: 15,261 (60%)
Steve Lonegan: 10,314 (40%)
Aimee Belgard: 11,649 (84%)
Howard Kleinhendler: 1,623 (12%)
Bruce Todd: 673 (5%)
Belgard faced a much less competitive primary than MacArthur and built up more than $332,000 in cash heading into the general election, but that is dwarfed by the more than $800,000 MacArthur has after loaning himself $2 million at the start of his campaign.
MacArthur said after the victory that he expects Republicans to come together after the divisive primary. “Lonegan called me a few minutes ago and conceded… . I do intend to reach out to the people who supported him,” he said. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Bonnie Watson Coleman: 15,121 (43%)
Linda Greenstein: 9,974 (28%)
Upendra Chivukula: 7,775 (22%)
Andrew Zwicker: 2,587 (7%)
Watson will be a heavy favorite over pharmacist Alieta Eck (R) and will likely “become the first African-American congresswoman in New Jersey history. ‘I believe that Congress and our Legislature can always benefit from having someone that sees the issues and the needs and opportunities through the lens of both women and the minorities,” Watson Coleman said in her victory speech. “We have a big step to climb over, but we have time.’” (Newark Star-Ledger)
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