It appears that voters rejected school budgets in about half of the state’s school districts, a dramatic drop from the 74% that were passed in 2009.
Voters in Gov. Christopher Christie’s hometown, Mendham Township, passed the school budget by a 51%-49% margin, 700 to 662. Voters in West Deptford, the hometown of Senate President Stephen Sweeney, rejected their school budget.
In Marlboro, where Christie had sharply criticized a five year teacher contact that included a 4.6% pay hike, the budget failed, 3044 to 2581. In Monroe Township, where Christie criticized school officials for asking students to report on their parents attitudes toward the budget, the budget was defeated 5637 to
In Hamilton Township, where a huge number of public employees reside, the budget was defeated by a 60%-40% margin, 5516 to 3690. Budgets were passed in Ewing, Lawrence and Princeton, but went down to defeat in Hopewell Valley, East Windsor, Robbinsville and West Windsor. In Hopewell Township, Gordon Lewis defeated alleged sign stealer Mel Myers by a 65%-35% margin.
Woodbridge rejected their school budget by a wide margin,Budgets were passed in Carteret, Cranbury, Highland Park, Metuchen, North Brunswick, South Brunswick, and South River; they were defeated in Dunellen, East Brunswick, Edisson, Jamesburg, Middlesex, Milltown, Sayreville, South Plainfield, and Spotswood-Helmetta.
In Ocean County, voters in Beach Haven, Eagleswood, Island Heights, Lakehurst, Lavellette, Ocean Gate, Seaside Heights, Stafford, Tuckerton and Toms River approved their school budgets, but rejected them in Barneget, Bay Head, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Manchester, Ocean, Plumsted, Point Pleasant, Point Pleasant Beach, and Seaside Park.
In Hudson County, budgets were defeated in Gutenberg and North Bergen, and passed in Hoboken, Jersey City, Kearny, Secaucus, and Weehawken.
In Millburn, the budget was approved 1864 to 1266, a 60%-40% margin. Last year, the budget passed with 67% of the vote. In other Essex towns, Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Irvington, Livingston, North Caldwell, Roseland and Verona passed their budgets; Cedar Grove and Nutley defeated them.
In Bergen County, budgets passed in 55 of 74 school districts; they passed in Rutherford, Wallington, Little Ferry, Fair Lawn, Saddle Brook, Wyckoff, Tenafly, Fort Lee, Maywood and Paramus, but failed in North Arlington, East Rutherford, Englewood Cliffs, Teaneck and Ridgewood.
In Passaic County, budgets passed in Haledon, Hawthorne, North Haldeon, Passaic and Prospect Park, and went down to defeat in Bloomingdale, Clifton, Little Falls, Pompton Lakes, Totowa, Wanaque and Woodland Park.
In Burlington County, only Easthampton, Moorestown and Woodland passed their budgets. Bass River, Beverly, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Chesterfield, Cinnaminson, Delanco, Delran, Edgewater Park, Evesham, Florence, Hainsport, Lumberton, Mansfield, Maple Shade, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Holly, Mount Laurel, New Hanover-Wrightstown, North Hanover, Palmyra, Pemberton, Riverside, Riverton, Shamong, Southampton, Springfield, Tabernacle, Westhampton and Willingboro did not.
In Union County, budgets passed in Clark, Cranford, Hillside, Mountainside, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Springfield, Union, Westfield and Winfield, and were rejected in Elizabeth, Garwood, Kenilworth, Linden, New Providence, Plainfield, and Scotch Plains-Fanwood.
In Monmouth County, budgets passed in Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Atlantic Highlands, Deal, Fair Haven, Farmingdale, Monmouth Beach, Red Bank, Roosevelt, Rumson, Sea Girt, Shrewsbury, Spring Lake and Tinton Falls. Budgets failed in Marlboro, Avon, Eatontown, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Highlands, Holmdel, Interlaken, Keansburg, Keyport, Lake Como, Little Silver, Loch Arbor, Long Branch, Manalapan-Englishtown, Matawan-Aberdeen, Middletown, Millstone, Neptune, Neptune City, Ocean Township, Oceanport, Shrewsbury Township, Spring Lake Heights, Upper Freehold, Wall and West Long Branch.
In Sussex County, 10 budgets passed and fourteen failed. A large number, perhaps as many as half, of the budgets in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland were also defeated. In Hunterdon County, 23 of 27 budgets failed. In Morris County, sixteen budgets passed and 24 were defeated.
In Somerset County, only North Plainfield passed a school budget. Bedminster, Bernards, Bound Brook, Branchburg, Bridgewater-Raritan, Franklin, Green Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, Montgomery, Somerville, South Bound Brook, Warren and Watchung defeated their budgets.