Next Tuesday’s prime contests:
CD3: The Carpetbagger War
Backed by the powerful Ocean and Burlington County Republican Party organizations, former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur is favored to defeat former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan.
If you’re confused by the names of those towns and don’t associate them with the Third District, it’s because both MacArthur and Lonegan moved into CD3 to run for the seat U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3) will leave vacant at the end of his current term.
CD12: The Democratic Party arrives in the 21st Century
Everybody’s favorite collection of national convention progressives reverts back to the male boss-dominant partygoers at the end of festivities in other states, which routinely give New Jersey Democrats a chance to pretend to be shocked, shocked by the regressive tendencies of places like, um, Alabama.
Now New Jersey Democrats, by putting either state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) or Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) in a position to win a general election in a majority Democrat district, can join Alabama and other so-called backwaters by having a woman in Congress.
Elizabeth Ward races:
The political group otherwise known as the Elizabeth Board of Education is threatening to peel ward seats away from sitting Mayor Chris Bollwage, who two years ago handily repelled a challenge by the EBOE.
Linden Mayor’s Race
Tuesday’s Democratic Primary in Linden pits anti-establishment Councilman Derek Armstead against the local Democratic Committee and Union County Democratic Committee-backed 5th Ward Councilwoman Rhashonna Cosby-Hurling. The winner of that primary contest will face veteran incumbent independent Mayor Richard Gerbounka.
Hudson County Freeholder contests
Hudson Freeholder Director Jose Munoz of West New York is running the most energized anti-establishment effort in recent mayor, going so far as to mortgage his own house in an attempt to stay in office. Other incumbents are likewise battling the Hudson County Democratic Organization, including Anthony Romano of Hoboken and Jeff Dublin of Jersey City. What happens in West New York, though, could have a domino impact on next year’s mayoral election, when incumbent Mayor Felix Roque runs again.
Finding a GOP ‘Challenger’ to Cory Booker
Seeking to represent a party in disarray with an embattled Gov. Chris Christie as its public face, poorly funded Murray Sabrin, Brian Goldberg, Rich Pezzullo and Jeff Bell are competing to take on the incumbent U.S. Senator.