Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) increased his lead by 8 votes in his bid for re-election to Congress after hand-counted ballots in Union County and machine votes in Morris County were added to the tally on Monday.
That brings Malinowski’s margin over Republican Thomas Kean, Jr. to 4,969 in in New Jersey’s 7th district.
Malinowski is now ahead of Kean, 210,325 to 205,356, 50.6% to 49.4%.
The hand counts in Union County added 391 votes for Malinowski and 374 for Kean.
In the 11 Morris County municipalities in the 7th district, 8 voters voted by machine. Malinowski picked up one vote in Dover and Kean got one in Roxbury. The other six skipped the congressional race.
Machines were only available to voters requiring special assistance.
Union County has between 4,000 and 4,500 uncounted provisional ballots. Officials expect most of them to be counted today, but suggested that Mountainside and the small part of Union Township that is NJ-7 will not be part of that batch.