The New Jersey Globe projects that three Democratic incumbents have won re-election to county office in Passaic County, beating an all-law enforcement slate put forward by Republicans.
As of 2:25 a.m., Democratic Sheriff Richard Berdnik leads Republican Mason Maher 54%-46%.
The race for two county commission seats is closer, with Commissioners Terry Duffy (26.0%) and Pat Lepore (25.6%) leading Republicans Alex Cruz (24.3%) and Troy Oswald (24.1%).
In 2021 Republican Nicolino Gallo flipped a commissioner seat in an upset, defeating incumbent Democrat Assad Akhter. That victory made Republicans optimistic about this year’s elections, but Democrats ran a serious campaign to fend them off in the Democratic-leaning county.