The New Jersey Globe projects that Republicans have swept three countywide races in Ocean County on Tuesday with little trouble, in a contest that was hardly a surprise. Ocean is the state’s Republican stronghold and Democrats haven’t won there since 1989.
As of 9:42 p.m., Sheriff Michael Mastronardy leads Democrat Salvatore Frascino by a 70%-30% margin.
Longtime Republican County Commissioners Jack Kelly and Virginia Haines (both 34%) lead Democrats Catherine Paura (16%) and Roxanne Barnes (15%).
For much of 2022, Ocean County politics was centered around a county chairman fight between Mastronardy and George Gilmore. Gilmore scored a stunning upset in July to regain the post he held from 1996 until he resigned in 2019 following his conviction on federal tax-related charges. Gilmore received a presidential pardon on Donald Trump’s final day in office.