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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Five incumbents, four challengers win congressional primaries uncontested

Matchups in 9th and 12th district already settled

By Joey Fox, June 07 2022 8:01 pm

Nine congressional candidates – five incumbent members of Congress and four challengers – have won their primary elections uncontested and will progress to the general election this November.

In two districts, the 9th and the 12th, both the Democratic incumbent and their Republican opponent were unopposed. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) will face Republican Billy Prempeh in a rematch of the 2020 election, while Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) will go up against Republican newcomer Darius Mayfield.

Neither race is expected to be highly competitive, though congressional redistricting made Pascrell’s 9th district somewhat more Republican and the congressman may win by a smaller margin than he is accustomed to.

Three other Democratic incumbents, each of whom has a bevy of potential Republican challengers facing off tonight, also prevailed unopposed. Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), who flipped their seats from Republicans in 2016 and 2018, respectively, are each running in districts redrawn to be more favorable to Democrats, while Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) will likely be safe in his Long Branch-to-Edison district. 

And two uncontested challengers running in unfavorable seats, Democrat Matt Jenkins in the 4th district and Republican Marcos Arroyo in the 8th district, will get to continue their longshot campaigns. Jenkins will likely face Rep. Chris Smith (R-Manchester) and Arroyo will likely face Port Authority Commissioner Rob Menendez, unless there’s a major upset in either race.

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