Here’s a quick rundown of the results of the contested state Assembly primary races:
- In the shore’s District 9, incumbent Republicans Brian Rumpf and Dianne Gove defeated the self-proclaimed “Common Sense Conservatives” Fredric Kociban and Howard Height. Rumpf and Gove easily won, taking 41.1% and 39% of the votes, respectively.
- In central Jersey’s District 15, incumbent Democrats Reed Gusciora and Elizabeth Muoio ran on the same ticket to defeat Lawrenceville resident Dan Toto. Gusciora captured 45.1% of the vote, while Muoio garnered 42.8%.
- In Union County’s District 20, NEW JOBS endorsed incumbent candidates Annette Quijano and Jamel Holley successfully fought off challenges from two Democratic slates. One slate was run by the Elizabeth Board of Education, represented by Tony Monteiro with running mate Giuliano Farina. The other slate included Vivian Bell and Jorge Batista who were backed by Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp. In total, six candidates fought for two nominations, with Holley and Quijano getting 29.7% and 29.4% of the votes, respectively. The next largest vote getter was Tony Monteiro who received 16.4% of the vote.With their primary wins, Quijano and Holley should have no problem defending their legislative seats in the general election.
- In northwestern New Jersey’s District 24, NEW JOBS endorsed candidates Assemblyman Parker Space and Freeholder Gail Phoebus fought off challenges against former Green Township Mayor Marie Bilik and Nathan Orr who ran separately. Space garnered 39.8% of the vote, while Phoebus got 37.4%. Given the district’s composition, it is likely that Space and Pheobus will win both Assembly seats in November.