Four safe seat Democratic congressmen with primary challenges won easy victories on Tuesday.
Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) easily won the Democratic nomination for a fourth term. He won 81% of the vote against Robert Carlson (14%) and Scot Tomaszewski (5%). He will face Republican Paul Dilts, who was unopposed in the Republican primary, for the South Jersey 1st district seat.
In the 6th district, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) received 85% in the Democratic primary against challenger Javahn Walker. The Republican nominee is Richard Pezzullo, who is making his ninth bid for public office. Pallone, elected in 1988, is the ranking Democrat on the House Energy & Commerce Committee; if Democrats win the majority in November, he would likely be the next full committee chairman.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) defeated William O. Henry with 86% of the vote in the 8th district Democratic House primary. The 11-term congressman will face Republican Eric Fisher, who was unopposed for his party’s nomination.
District 10 Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) hammered his primary opponent. He won 92% of the vote against Aaron Fraser. Republican Aga Khan ran unopposed in the GOP primary, winning the chance to compete in one of the most Democratic districts nationwide.
Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) had no opponent in the Democratic primary for re-election in the 8th district. He will face Rev. John Muniz in November.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) was unopposed in the Democratic primary in the 12th district. She will face attorney Daryl Kipnis, who had no opponent for the Republican nomination. This is also a strong Democratic district.