State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio defeated businesswoman Anne Evans Estabrook to win the endorsement of the Hunterdon County Republican organization tonight. Pennacchio won 42-35, with Ramapo College Professor Murray Sabrin finishing third with 12 votes.
"I am proud to have the support of Hunterdon County's Republicans," Pennacchio said in a statement."I know that they stand with me on the most important issues facing New Jersey and the nation.
"In the U.S. Senate, I will fight for lower taxes, support an effective defense against all of our nation's enemies, and work to grow and expand our economy. We must do everything we can to overcome the fiscal and economic challenges facing our state, and solve the affordability crisis that is crushing our hardworking middle class families."
In the race for the open 7th district congressional seat, State Sen. Leonard Lance scored an overwhelming victory. He won 68 votes, followed by Scotch Plains Mayor Martin Marks (7 votes), Warren Township Mayor Victor Sordillo (4 votes), former congressional aide Kate Whitman (2 votes) and former prosecutor/Iraq War veteran Tom Roughneen (1 vote).