Democrats beat three GOP Freeholders

In addition to winning the governorship and picking up one or two (depending on the outcome of the 12th district race) Assembly seats, Democrats did well at the county level. * Democrats defeated incumbent GOP Freeholders in Atlantic, Essex and (by two votes) Salem counties. They defended their majorities in Cumberland and Salem, where control was at stake. Republicans maintained control in Atlantic (and withstood a serious challenge in Monmouth), but failed to unseat a single Democratic Freeholder. * Democrats picked up at least one constitutional office: Atlantic County Surrogate, where Republican-turned-Democrat Freeholder James Carney won the post of retiring Republican Janice Mathis. In Mercer County, Democrat Paula Sollami Covello leads incumbent GOP County Clerk Catherine DiCostanzo by 165 votes. As a result of the 2005 elections, seventeen of New Jersey’s 21 counties are controlled exclusively by one political party. Democrats occupy every Freeholder seat in Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic, and Union counties and if a narrow lead holds up in the Mercer Clerk’s race, every constitutional office in those counties. Republicans hold every Freeholder seat — and every constitutional office — in Burlington, Cape May, Hunterdon, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties. Only four counties — Atlantic, Bergen, Cumberland and Salem — have two-party county government.

Democrats beat three GOP Freeholders