Voters in the three districts that have potentially competitive congressional races this year voted down school budgets this week. In District 3, where freshman U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) faces former NFL star Jon Runyan, school budgets were rejected by a 53%-47% margin. The school budget in Adler’s hometown, Cherry Hill, was defeated by over 500 votes, 52%-48%.
In the sixth district, where twelve-term U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) is being challenged by millionaire newspaper publisher Diane Gooch, voters rejected school budgets by a 55%-45% margin. Long Branch voters rejected their school budget by a narrow 25 vote margin. In District 12, where millionaire Republican Scott Sipprelle is taking on six-term U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell), voters rejected school budgets by a 53%-47% margin. Holt’s home school district, Hopewell Valley, rejected their school budget by a 53%-47% margin and tossed an incumbent school board member.