Democrats win in Milltown, Sayerville and South Amboy

Democratic candidates for local office won in Milltown, Sayreville and South Amboy. In Milltown, incumbent councilmen Randy Farkas and Nicholas Ligotti scored each scored 29% of the vote, defeating Republican Challengers Donald Hohner and Richard Moore, who got 22% and 21% of the vote, respectively. Farkas received 1,736 votes, three more than Ligotti got. Hohner secured 1,339 votes, while 1,243 cast ballots for Moore. In Sayreville, Democratic challengers scored relatively-narrow

Petrick, Pabon, Tejeda win Perth Amboy Council race

All three of the Perth Amboy Council candidates aligned against Mayor Wilda Diaz won their elections Friday. Council President William Petrick, Councilman Joel Pabon and School Board member Milady Tejeda secured 20%, 23% and 21% of the votes in the contest. Their three Diaz-aligned challengers, Alana Cueto, Vincent Makfinsky and Marilou Villacis had 14%, 12% and 11% of the ballots cast in their name. Petrick received 3,521 votes. Pabon got

McCabe: Middlesex poised for high turnout

Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe is optimistic about Democratic turnout in the county. “We are encouraged by the energy for voter turnout,” McCabe said on Thursday. “The common denominator, we believe, are the policies emanating from the Trump White House, and we believe we are seeing evidence of this correlation in early voting data to date.” Democrats are far outpacing Republicans in early voting so far this year. The

Kratovil says he’ll eliminate New Brunswick Parking Authority

Journalist Charlie Kratovil, who is challenging New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill as an independent, says he will eliminate the New Brunswick Parking Authority if he wins the November election. Kratovil has accused the parking authority of being part of Cahill’s political machine, saying it condemns “real estate at the behest of powerful developers or borrowing tens of millions of dollars to help those wealthy developers meet their own parking needs,

Perth Amboy candidates want Diaz to stop acting as surrogate

Candidates in Perth Amboy on Friday called for their opponents to stop allowing Mayor Wilda Diaz to act as a surrogate. Diaz has leveled attacks against the challengers over Facebook posts made by Council President Bill Petrick that described women as sex objects and agreed with President Donald Trump calling some African nations “shithole countries.” “Our opponents have, so far, hidden behind Mayor Diaz. They let her speak for them

Latino group wants Petrick to resign over Facebook posts

The Latino Action Network on Tuesday called for Perth Amboy City Council President William Petrick to resign over what the group says is a series of racist, sexist or homophobic Facebook messages the councilman has made since 2016. “Petrick’s social media posts are uniquely insensitive to the community he is sworn to serve, the majority of whom are Latinos and immigrants,” said Christian Estevez, President of LAN. “The residents of