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Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo at a special election convention for the 28th district on September 9, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

DiVincenzo wins re-election in Essex County

Longtime Democratic county executive first won post in 2002

By Joey Fox and David Wildstein, November 08 2022 8:48 pm

The New Jersey Globe projects that Democrat Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. has won a massive landslide re-election against Republican Adam Kraemer to capture his sixth term as Essex County Executive, a victory that comes after restoring Essex County’s bond rating to AA- and personally managing one of the state’s most successful vaccination programs during the COVID-19 crisis.

This was Kraemer’s 12th defeat in bids for various public offices.

Republicans have not won a countywide race in Essex since 1998, when James W. Treffinger defeated former Newark Mayor Kenneth Gibson in a bid for a second term as county executive.

DiVincenzo defeated Thomas P. Giblin, now an assemblyman, in the 2002 Democratic primary and then flipped the county executive post in the general against Republican Candy Straight.  He inherited a $64 million budget deficit and Moody’s was on the verge on downgrading the county to junk bond status.

In 2018, he beat his own record with 81% of the vote and a plurality of 152,699 votes.

Since Essex switched to the county executive form of government in 1978, only DiVincenzo has won the post more than twice.

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