It’s official: Menendez wins

Not including write-in votes, 2,250,070 ballots were cast in the 2006 race for United States Senator in New Jersey, according to the final, certified tally. Democrat Robert Menendez received 1,200,843 votes, defeating Republican Thomas Kean, Jr. by 203,068 votes. Menendez won by nine percentage points — 53.37% to 44.34%. Seven independent candidates split the remaining votes: Libertarian Leonard Flynn (14,637), Marijuana Rights advocate Edward “Weedman” Forchion (11,593), Rev. J.M. Carter (7,918), former Camden County Freeholder N. Leonard Smith, who ran as a pro-life candidate and had the tacit support of New Jersey Right to Life (6,243), convicted sex offender Darryl Brooks (5,138), Socialist Angela Lariscy (3,433) and Socialist Greg Pason (2,490). The last two U.S. Senate races run in non-presidential election years in New Jersey had virtually the same result: in 2002, Democrat Frank Lautenberg defeated Republican Douglas Forrester by ten percentage points — a 209,754 vote margin. Menendez lost only one county that Lautenberg won: Salem. Lautenberg had carried it by 745 votes, Kean won it by 678. Comparison of Margins by County, 2002 & 2006 Atlantic: Lautenberg, 6,001; Menendez, 2,467 Bergen: Lautenberg, 28,969; Menendez, 21,365 Burlington: Lautenberg, 6,630; Menendez, 7,063 Camden: Lautenberg, 36,012; Menendez, 33,845 Cape May: Forrester, 2,991; Kean, 5,468 Cumberland: Lautenberg, 3,831; Menendez, 2,706 Essex: Lautenberg, 70,552; Menendez, 77,485 Gloucester: Lautenberg, 9,869; Menendez, 6,207 Hudson: Lautenberg, 48,933; Menendez, 61,160 Hunterdon: Forrester, 11,234; Kean, 8,658 Mercer: Lautenberg, 16,480; Menendez, 21,153 Middlesex: Lautenberg, 32,891; Menendez, 34,464 Monmouth: Forrester, 8,694; Kean, 14,575 Morris: Forrester, 24,392; Kean, 24,225 Ocean: Forrester, 11,264; Kean, 28,198 Passaic: Lautenberg, 13,453; Menendez, 16,335 Salem: Lautenberg, 745; Kean, 678 Somerset: Forrester, 9,114; Kean, 4,478 Sussex: Forrester, 11,426; Kean, 11,346 Union: Lautenberg, 20,842; Menendez, 22,670 Warren: Forrester, 7,379; Kean, 6,226

It’s official: Menendez wins