As news stations projected Sen. Hillary Clintonbeating Sen. Barack Obama inNew Jersey, Obama supporters at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in West Orange tried to fight off their disappointment.
U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman praised Obama's gutsy performance and reminded the candidate's supporters thatfew gave the Illinois senator a chance when he began his campaign.
"We had a huge turnout in Jersey City," said Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, who questioned the performance of new voting machines in his city.
"We're going to get all of those votes counted," Healy added.
Senate President and former Gov. Richard Codey said the campaign would go toe to toe with the Clinton campaign all over the country, not just in New Jersey.
"All around the country it was a split decision," said Codey. "You and I know what has happened here today. This is a new generation ofleadership."