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Most incumbent congressmen face primary challenges

Smith primary rival doesn’t file petitions

By David Wildstein, April 02 2018 11:11 pm

Seven of the ten incumbents seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey will have primary opponents:

* Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) will face primary opposition from Robert Lee Carlson and Scot John Tomaszewski.  Paul Dilks is running unopposed for the Republican nomination.

* Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) is being challenged in the GOP primary by Martin Weber.  Andy Kim, a former Obama White House staffer, has no opposition in the Democratic primary.

* Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) has no primary opponent.  Felicia Stoler, who had announced her candidacy against him, did not file her petitions.  In the Democratic primary, retired U.S. Navy officer Josh Welle, who has the organization lines in Monmouth, Ocean and Mercer counties, will face former Asbury Park Councilman Jim Keedy.  Mike Keeling, a teacher who had been actively campaigning for the nomination, did not file in time for today’s 4 PM deadline.

* Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) faces opposition in the Democratic primary from Javahn Walker.  Republican Richard Pezzullo is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

* Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) has two primary opponents – Dr. Raafat Barsoom from the right and progressive activist-turned-moderate Republican Lindsay Brown from the left.  Former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Tom Malinowski is the front runner for the Democratic nomination.  He faces Goutam Jois, a well-funded attorney who has impressed party leaders on the campaign trial, and Peter Jacob, Lance’s 2016 opponent.

* Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) is unopposed in the Democratic primary, despite speculation that Hudson County Freeholder Tilo Rivas would challenge him. Rev. John Muniz is unopposed in the GOP primary.

* Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) will face William O. Henry in the Democratic primary.  Eric Fisher has no opponent for the GOP nomination.

* Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) and Aaron Walter Fraser will face off for the Democratic nomination.  Republican Agha Kahn has no primary opponent.

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