New Jersey’s Top Ten Swing Towns’s Top Ten Swing Towns might be the real battleground in the race for Governor: Clifton, Egg Harbor Township, Evesham, Hamilton Township, Manalapan, Marlboro, Old Bridge, Paramus, Sayreville and Washington Township. George W. Bush carried six of these towns in 2004, while Frank Lautenberg won nine of them in his 2002 U.S. Senate race against this year’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Doug Forrester. In 2000, Al Gore won all ten towns against Bush, but GOP Senate candidate Bob Franks won six of the towns against Jon Corzine. James E. McGreevey won all ten towns against Bret Schundler in 2001, but only four of them against Christie Whitman in 1997. Washington Township backed George Geist against Fred Madden in 2003, 54%-46%. In Clifton, McGreevey won 56% of the vote while Republican State Senator Norman Robertson won 58% in his unsuccessful 2001 re-election campaign against Democrat Nia Gill. Bill Gormley and Martha Bark took 61% in Egg Harbor Township and Evesham, respectively, in 2003. Peter Inverso won 60% of the vote against Skip Cimino in Hamilton, where both candidates reside. Manalapan and Marlboro played a key role in the defeat of Co-Senate President John Bennett in 2003; Ellen Karcher won each town with more than 60% of the vote. In 2001, Bennett won them both. Joseph Kyrillos lost Old Bridge in 2003 to Bill Flynn, a former Old Bridge Mayor and Assemblyman. Two years earlier, Kyrillos won Old Bridge by over 2,000 votes — about the same showing as McGreevey. New Jersey’s Top Ten Swing Towns

New Jersey’s Top Ten Swing Towns