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MacArthur Emerges from Rough Primary; Watson Coleman Likely to Replace Holt

Norcross to face Cobb; LoBiondo to face Hughes

Jack Fitzpatrick
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Jack Fitzpatrick
June 4, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

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).

Res­ults:

NJ-01 (R):

Garry Cobb: 6,378 (68%)

Claire Gust­afson: 1,334 (14%)

Ger­ard Mc­Manus: 863 (9%)

Lee Lu­cas: 766 (8%)

NJ-01 (D):

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)

NJ-02 (R):

Frank Lo­Bi­ondo: 13,736 (82%)

Mike As­sad: 2,935 (18%)

NJ-02 (D):

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)

NJ-03 (R):

Tom Ma­cAr­thur: 15,261 (60%)

Steve Loneg­an: 10,314 (40%)

NJ-03 (D):

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)

NJ-12 (D):

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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