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It’s official: Biden carries New Jersey

Cory Booker, incumbent House members certified as winners of 2020 general election

By David Wildstein, December 07 2020 11:13 am

Performing a largely ceremonial function, the New Jersey State Board of Canvassers today certified that the state’s 14 electoral votes will go to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Biden carried New Jersey 725,061 votes against Donald Trump, 2,608,335 to 1,883,274.

The board also certified the re-election of U.S. Senator Cory Booker to another six-year term.  Booker received more votes than any statewide candidate in New Jersey history.

Booker received 2,541,178 votes, with 1,817,052 voters casting ballots for Republican Rik Mehta.  Despite losing, Mehta also set a record for the most votes ever received by a Republican statewide candidate in New Jersey.

The re-election of 12 incumbent members of the U.S. House of Representatives – Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson), Albio Sires (D-West New York), Donald Norcross (D-Camden), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing), Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), and Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) – were also certified.

So were State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham), the winners of special elections for unexpired terms in the 25th district.

All three public questions on the ballot this year, including the legalization of marijuana, were certified as having passed.

Robert Giles, the director of the state Division of Elections, says any new election results that come out of recounts, will cause the official results to be amended.

Secretary of State Tahesha Way chaired the Board of Canvassers, which included State Sens. Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) and Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa), Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson (D-Trenton), and Dunn.

“I am pleased and honored to take an oath today to serve as a member of the Board of State Canvassers,” Dunn said.  “Our state is appreciative of the professional staff and trained volunteers of the 21 County Boards of Elections across New Jersey, as well as the National Guard in some cases, who played a vital role in the unprecedented vote-by-mail counting effort due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

This story was updated at 12:40 PM with comment from Dunn. 

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