Establishment political parties have successfully challenged several rebel primary candidates, removing them from the primary ballot.
In the 6th District, the Camden County Regular Republican Party found enough problems with the petition signatures of state Senate candidate Joseph Welsh, a Haddonfield resident who was running on gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan's rival slate, to get him kicked off the ballot, clearing the way for Republican Joseph Adolf to take on newly elected state Sen. James Beach (D-Voorhees) in a special election.
Also in District 6, the Democratic State Committee successfully challenged the petition signatures of Democratic primary challenger Michael Stevenson, a Voorhees resident who was running under the slogan "Bringing the Process Home."
Steve Lonegan's slate also lost a candidate in District 9, where Republican State Committee Counsel Mark Sheridan got William Maxwell, of Beachwood, ruled ineligible. That clears the way for incumbents Daniel Van Pelt (R-Waretown) and Brian Rumpf (R-Little Egg Harbor) in the primary.
Up in the 39th District, Bergen County Republicans successfully challenged the petition signatures of college student William Fenwick, a Republican who filed to run against incumbent Charlotte Vandervalk (R-Hillsdale) and Washington Township Councilman Bob Schroeder, who won the party nod to replace retiring Assemblyman John Rooney (R-Northvale) at the Northeast Republican Organization (NERO) convention.
In District 5 – the home territory of Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden) — Republican candidates Brian Kluchnick and Stepfanie Velez-Gentry got past a challenge by the Democratic State Committee, despite filing with just 109 petition signatures.
In District 34, Democratic freeholder Bruce James did not manage to kick Republicans Michael Mecca III and Matthew Tyahla off the ballot.
The fates of Republican gubernatorial candidates Brian Levine, David Brown and Christian Keller hang in the balance after attorney F. Michael Daly, working on behalf of Steve Lonegan, challenged their petitions.