Welcome to filing day in New Jersey.
By 4PM today, the field of candidates running in the Democratic and Republican primaries for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, in four special State Assembly elections and for county and municipal offices will be clear.
A couple of things to watch for:
1. Will there be a fight for control of West New York’s 58 County Committee seats between Mayor Felix Roque and Team Albio Sires?
2. Does self-funder Peter DeNeufville enter the race for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 11th district?
3. Does Albio Sires draw a primary challenge from a candidate more serious than Tilo Rivas?
4. Any new developments in the GOP race for Frank LoBiondo’s 2nd district House seat?
5. Do Steve Lonegan and/or Jay Webber file slates of candidates against the organization in Essex and Passaic counties? And do they find a U.S. Senate candidate to head their ticket – something that don’t have to unveil until Thursday.
6. Will Nick Sacco rival Larry Wainstein file any candidates for County Committee in North Bergen? And does Brian Stack look to pick up any more votes for Hudson County Democratic Chairman by filing candidates off the line for County Committee in Bayonne, Kearny, Harrison, Weehawken, Guttenberg and East Newark.
7. How does the Republican primary for Morris County Freeholder shape up?
8. How does Monday’s weather effect the filing deadline?
9. There’s always one candidate who shows up at 4:01 PM and begs to be let in the door. Who will it be for 2018?