Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe was easily re-elected tonight, defeating Herb Tarbous in his bid to keep the post he’s held since 2013 as head of one of the state’s most powerful county organizations.
Vice chair Beatrice Moskowitz was also re-elected by a wide margin against Charlie Kratovil, a former New Brunswick mayoral candidate.
The vote totals were not released.
“I am so honored that my fellow Democrats have entrusted Beatrice and me with their support year after year,” said McCabe. “Our team has increased Democratic registration across the county and continues to celebrate local victories from East Brunswick to Dunellen. I look forward to continue working with our towns to make this organization even stronger.”
McCabe has emerged as one of the state’s most influential Democrats, with Middlesex at it’s most commanding point since the John Lynch era ended more than fifteen years ago.
Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Woodbridge) is from Middlesex, which is dominant in six legislative districts. All four Middlesex Democratic senators chair Senate committees; three Assembly Democrats chair committees, as do three others who represent large portions of Middlesex County.
McCabe delivered a 50,042 vote margin (58%) for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is 2018, and 29,907 (57%) for Gov. Phil Murphy in 2017.
“We are not a campaign organization. We are a political organization that strives every single day to lay the foundation for a strong Democratic Party participation at every level – from the smallest local races to federal elections,” said McCabe. “We will continue to seek new ideas and to grow as an organization.”