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Ocean County Commissioner Ginny Haines. (Photo: Rhoda Chodash via Facebook).

Ocean Republicans win three countywide races

By Joey Fox and David Wildstein, November 08 2022 9:42 pm

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.

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