Skip to comments.New Jersey 2019: Some Surprises as Republicans Pick Up Assembly Seats, Plus Senate Seat in South
Posted on 11/06/2019 12:34:19 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Democrats appear to have lost at least three and as many as five seats in the New Jersey Legislature, including the only Senate race on the ballot. And they did not flip any of the three districts they were targeting in this years election, which took place yesterday.
With 100% of districts reporting, Republicans captured the Senate seat in the southernmost 1st District, as well as both Assembly seats there. They also held a smaller lead in the neighboring 2nd, a split district with a Republican senator that includes Atlantic City. That race, however, had not been called with fewer than 800 votes separating the second and third place finishers and mail-in and provisional ballots apparently uncounted as of midnight. Final results there may not be available for several days.
Democrats were also unable to flip seats in three districts they had been targeting, although they did keep control of the Assembly seats in two others considered competitive.
Doug Steinhardt, chairman of the state Republican Party, took a victory lap at Assembly Republican leader Jon Bramnicks election night party. Weve done a great job as a state party, laying a foundation for the future, he said. I am proud of our message (and) our candidates statewide.
It was a relatively quiet election season in much of the state and Democratic control of the Assembly was never in doubt. The party went into Election Day holding 54 of 80 seats and will likely start the new session in January with a reduced but still significant majority of 50 to 30. Paradoxically, the loss of seats in South Jersey could improve Gov. Phil Murphys standing, as the South Jersey Democrats who lost seats have sided with fellow South Jerseyan Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) against Murphy in an ongoing intraparty feud.
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Looks like Democrats overreached. Oh well.
I’m guessing the leftist groups who targeted several races in VA with boatloads of cash weren’t active in NJ, since control of the legislature wasn’t in play. Had they done so the Dems might have lost no seats at all.
Murphy is a 100% disastor for the people of that State. Pols like him are why pols like Christie get elected in NJ.
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