Josh Gottheimer won the Warren County Democratic convention on Sunday by a solid but hardly overwhelming margin.
The two-term congressman defeated progressive challenger Arati Kreibich, a Glen Rock councilwoman, by just fourteen votes, 34 to 20, to score the organization line.
Gottheimer ran eleven votes behind U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who defeated Lawrence Hamm by a 45 to 9 vote.
Hamm, a former Newark school board member, is the chairman of Bernie Sanders’ New Jersey campaign.
Booker won Warren County in the special 2013 U.S. Senate primary, defeating Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell) by a 49%-27% margin. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) finished third with 21%, with Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver winning 3%.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), who is seeking re-election to his second term as the congressman from the 7th district, has no primary opposition and won the Warren line by acclamation.
Gottheimer also ran five votes behind Joe Biden, while Kreibich ran six votes ahead of Bernie Sanders.
Gottheimer has already won the organization line in Passaic County, where Democratic county chairman John Currie and party officials meet behind closed doors for a private vote.
The Bergen County Democratic convention is scheduled for March 12.