The New Jersey Globe is projecting that State Sen. Samuel Thompson (R-Old Bridge), Assemblyman Robert Clifton (R-Matawan), and Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-Plumsted) have won re-election to the 12th legislative district.
Thompson beat out Democratic Matawan mayor Joseph Altomonte, and the Assembly Republicans defeated consultant Raya Arbiol and financial analyst Michael Palazzolla.
When the 12th district was drawn in the 2011 redistricting cycle, it had no real precedent in any previous legislative map and thus no clear incumbents. Thompson, Clifton, and Dancer are all from different counties – the district covers parts of Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean – yet were thrown together onto one slate in 2011.
Thompson was an assemblyman from Middlesex County’s 13th district, Dancer was an Assemblyman in Ocean County’s 30th district, and Clifton was a freeholder in Monmouth County. But once the trio came together, they’ve won easily in every election since.
Final 12th district results:
Thompson 64.9% // Altomonte 35.1%
Dancer 33.4%, Clifton 32.5% // Palazzolla 17.3%, Arbiol 16.8%