Morning News Digest: June 9, 2010

Upset in Linden Dem Primary; in Roselle, Holley wins

In Roselle, Council President Jamel Holley defeated the Rev. James Moore, 1,475 to 1,171. Holley’s running mate, Kim Shaw, beat incumbent Councilwoman Samantha Dow. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Lance: ‘We must extend a hand of friendship to the Tea Party movement’

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Lebanon) reported to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives after beating his challengers in the 7th District. “I always campaign based on my record, and I knew my record of fiscal conservatism would prevail,” Lance told (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)

Election officials reporting light turnout in primary elections

Election officials report light turnout for Tuesday’s primary elections, even in counties with competitive local and congressional races. “So far it’s very light,” said William Heine, a spokesman for Monmouth County, after he checked with the county board of elections. Monmouth County makes up part of three congressional districts, all of which have contested Republican primaries today. (Friedman, PolitickerNJ)

June 8 primary in Lincoln Park brings a slew of choices for council at large

The June 8 primary has several candidates throwing in their hats in for a chance to sit on the Borough Council. All of the candidates are running on the Republican platform. The borough will have the choice of six candidates running for council-at-large. There is no primary contest for an unexpired Ward I seat which has drawn only one candidate, Gary Gemian. (Johnston, Suburban Trends) 

Rahway freeholder wins mayoral primary

 Union County Freeholder Rick Proctor won the city’s first Democratic mayoral primary in 20 years. Proctor’s running mates, who are incumbents running for City Council, also won. Proctor, who works as the city’s director of health and human services, defeated Renee Thrash, a former Rahway Housing Authority chairwoman, in the mayoral primary by a vote of 1,348 to 888. Vote totals are unofficial. (Russell, Gannett) 

Hunterdon County selects former Raritan Twp. Police Chief to run for Sheriff 

Hunterdon County voters gave their nod to former Raritan Township Police Chief Fred Brown to run on the Republican ballot in November for sheriff and replace the embattled incumbent Deborah Trout. Brown received 6,215 votes, while challengers George Muller of Raritan Township had 2,295 votes and James Paganessi of Readington had 4,862 votes. There was no Democratic primary for the three-year seat. (O’Brien, Gannett) 

Stile: Christie’s edict won’t shut ticket pipeline 

The politically connected box office at the Meadowlands has been slammed shut for good, Governor Christie’s administration declared last Friday. Hackdom will now have to stand on line like everybody else for coveted tickets for The Boss or Bono or Bon Jovi or just about any other act that gridlocks South Bergen on a Saturday night. (Stile, The Record) 

Ingle: It depends on who you know

 Gov. Christie ordered agencies to stop selling premium seats to lawmakers and other VIPs but that doesn’t mean such seating isn’t available for the truly connected. They set aside 40 tickets at the Izod Center and PNC Center for the Governor’s Office, the executive director of the Turnpike Authority, Turnpike Authority commissioners, and the transportation commissioner. (Ingle, Gannett)

Morning News Digest: June 9, 2010