In the politically competitive fourteenth legislative district, where a large number of public employees reside, voters defeated school budgets by a 54%-46% margin. That could affect the hotly contested special election for State Senate this fall, where newly-elected Republican State Sen. Thomas Goodwin (R-Hamilton) faces six-term Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro). Greenstein is widely expected to have the endorsement of the New Jersey Education Association, while Goodwin has the backing of GOP Gov. Christopher Christie.
Hamilton, Township, Jamesburg and Monroe Township voted down their school budgets, while Plainsboro-West Windsor, Cranbury and South Brunswick approved them. In total, there were 14,991 votes in support of the budget and 17,421 votes in opposition – a margin of 2,430.