Benson rules out run for Hamilton Mayor

Assemblyman Dan Benson isn’t eyeing a mayor at Hamilton’s mayorship. “No way,” Benson said when asked if he was considering such a run. “We have wonderful folks that are looking at it, and I'm looking forward to supporting the Democratic nominee and the eventual nominee.” Both Benson and his running mate Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo both live in Hamilton. The Republican mayor of Hamilton Township, Kelly Yaede, is up for re-election

Official CD3 votes tallies may not arrive until Thursday

Final vote tallies for the third congressional district, where Andy Kim leads Rep. Tom MacArthur by 3,424 votes, might not come out until Thursday. “They're hoping by the end of today they will have the provisionals counted. I'm thinking it's more likely tomorrow morning,” said Ocean County Clerk Scott Colabella said of his county’s Board of Elections. “But whenever they get that count, they'll notify us and we will update

GOP loses both seats in Springfield

Republicans lost their two seats on the Springfield Township Committee. Democrats Chris Weber (3,478) and Alex Keiser (3,324) defeated incumbent Maria Vassallo (2.448) and her running mate, former mayor Jerry Fernandez (2,513). Weber is a retired Newark police detective, and Keiser is the chief of staff to Assemblyman John McKeon (D-West Orange). Fernandez replaced Diane Stampoulos, who lost party support for re-election.

Democrats take Roselle Park mayor

The new mayor of Roselle Park is a Democrat, Joseph Signorello.  He defeated incumbent Carl Hokanson, a former Democrat who ran for re-election as an independent, and Republican councilman William Fahoury. Signorello received 2,340 votes, easily beating Fahoury (1,180) and Hokanson (773). Democratic councilman Joseph Petrosky was re-elected, and Robert Mathieu defeated Republican incumbent Thomas Shipley.

Bucco chief of staff loses local seat

Bruce Sisler, the chief of staff to Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, lost his bid for re-election to the Morris Township Committee. That shifts Morris Township from Republican to Democratic control next year as the GOP prepares to defend their seats in the 25th district State Assembly race. Democrats Jeff Grayzel (5,273) and Mark Gyorfy (5,141) defeated Sisler (4,251) and Joseph Calvanelli (4,129). Sisler, a former executive director of the New Jersey

Dems win Morris Plains mayor, two Chatham council seats

Morris Plains elected a Democrat to replace longtime Republican mayor Frank Druetzler. Jason Karr defeated Sal Cortese, the Republican, by 107 votes, 1,317 to 1,210. Republicans held the two Morris Plains council seats. Democrats picked up two seats on the Chatham Borough Council, with incumbents Leonard Resto (1,759) and Peter Hoffman (1,657) losing to Carolyn Dempsey (1,975) and Jocelyn Mathiasen (1,906). In Madison, Democrats Astri Baillie (3,235) and Debra Coen