Morning News Digest: Nov. 5th

Tedesco beats Donovan in Bergen County

Bergen County Freeholder James Tedesco, a Democrat, tonight defeated incumbent Republican Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan in arguably the most closely watched contest in the state. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)




Bergen County Exec’s race: Tedesco triumph energizes Bergen, state Dems

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS – The packed Sky Room at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton audibly blew sky high when Jim Tedesco, elected on Tuesday night as the soon-to-be Bergen County Executive, stepped up to the stage. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)




MacArthur clinches it in CD3; Ocean County Republicans rejoice

TOMS RIVER – Republican businessman Tom MacArthur is now U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3). The former Randolph mayor from North Jersey — now congressman in South Jersey — declared victory in New Jersey’s third congressional district race moments ago. He won by a nearly 17,000 vote margin over his Democratic opponent, Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




MacArthur to Republicans: ‘This is an opportunity to govern, not to gloat’

TOMS RIVER – Newly-minted U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3) used his victory speech in Ocean County tonight not only to thank his supporters, but also to outline an expansive vision for the future of his own party. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Guadagno on Bergen Exec’s race: ‘a real disappointment’

TOMS RIVER – Even though Republicans came away with big wins in places like Burlington County and South Jersey’s third and fourth congressional districts tonight, there was one contest where they were dealt a deeply painful blow: the executive’s race in Bergen County, where Republican incumbent Kathe Donovan fell to her Democratic challenger, first-term freeholder Jim Tedesco. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Cory Booker cruises to win first full senate term in N.J.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker won his first full term on Tuesday, cruising to a victory over a Republican who ran on returning the nation to the gold standard. (Dawsey/The Wall Street Journal)




Booker wins full senate term

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker won reelection Tuesday, even as broad voter dissatisfaction with Congress ensnared some of his Democratic colleagues. (Seidman/The Philadelphia Inquirer)




GOP seizes Senate

Washington (CNN) — A Republican tide ripped the Senate away from Democrats Tuesday, according to CNN projections, giving the GOP full control of Congress and the power to pin down President Barack Obama during his last two years in office. (Collinson/CNN)




Tedesco upsets Donovan in race for Bergen County Executive

Democrat James Tedesco, in a come-from-behind upset, won a hard-fought race for Bergen County Executive Tuesday, dealing Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan her first loss at the county level in 25 years. – Full Story (The Bergen Record)





Bergen County races see defeat of three mayors, rejection of two ballot issues

The mayors of Saddle Brook, North Arlington and Bogota were ousted, a new political party wrested control of the council in Rutherford, and a proposal for a $3 million turf field was shot down in Glen Rock as were plans for an expanded nature center in Tenafly, as Bergen County residents weighed in on dozens of local races and a handful of ballot questions on Tuesday. (Bergen Record)




Rilet bests Noto in county clerk’s race

VINELAND – The Cumberland County clerk’s race gave the 2014 campaign cycle its only major upset, providing good news for Democrats and a shock for Republicans. (Gannett)




GOP keeps control of Burlco freeholder board

The election of two Republicans to the Burlington County Board of Freeholders Tuesday ensures the GOP will retain political control in 2015. (Comegno/Courier Post)




Chris Christie’s RGA scores wins in Florida, Wisconsin, Illinois

WOODBRIDGE — It was expensive, nasty, and exceptionally close — but a win is a win: Florida Incumbent Gov. Rick Scott defeated his Democratic challenger in a race Gov. Chris Christie kept a close eye on. (Arco, Brodesser-Akner/NJ Advance Media for




Foley says he has ‘probably not won’ Connecticut gubernatorial race

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – In the wee hours of the morning Wednesday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley gave what appeared to be a concession speech, saying he probably had lost but was not sure.




Political Insider: Jersey City teachers union breaks reformers’ winning streak; WNY mayor on a roll

The Jersey City Education Association finally broke the school board election winning streak of local school reformers when Children First candidates Lorenzo Richardson, nephew of former city Councilwoman Viola Richardson, Gerald Lyons and independent Joel Torres won three three-year term seats on the Board of Education. (Torres/The Jersey Journal)


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