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Ocean County Dems Nearly Bucked State Trend in Gubernatorial Primary; GOP Backs Guadagno

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John Wisniewski (Credit: Politifact)
John Wisniewski (Credit: Politifact)

Phil Murphy, the former Goldman Sachs executive who was heavily backed by public employee unions in his primary bid to represent Democrats in this year’s gubernatorial race, secured his party’s nomination Tuesday night, but the race was close in Ocean County.

Murphy and challenger Assemblyman John Wisniewski were within 1 point of each other by the time all of the results were registered in the Ocean County Clerk’s office. Wisniewski, who channeled Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for his campaign strategy and platform, received 6,614 votes compared to Murphy’s 6,967 in Ocean County. Statewide, Murphy received 237,728 votes compared to Wisniewski’s 107,135.

The results – statewide, Murphy received less than 50 percent of the total Democratic vote in a field of six candidates – show a split in the Democratic party, primarily due to Murphy’s ties to Wall Street. That same connection could help funnel some undecided voters to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the general election. Guadagno won her party’s nomination and strongly won Ocean County GOP support Tuesday.

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Guadagno, who has maintained a strong relationship with Ocean County Republicans – especially the Brick Township GOP organization – received 17,966 votes, or 59 percent of the total GOP vote. Her closest competitor, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, received 5,917 votes. Statewide, the Republican race was closer: Guadagno garnered 47 percent of the vote and Ciattarelli received  31 percent. Like the Democrats, GOP voters were also split – some along ideological lines and some who felt Guadagno’s candidacy could be negatively affected by her ties to Gov. Chris Christie, whose poll numbers are at record lows.


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  • Surfrider

    Man, when a candidate openly admits he is going to raise taxes, and the people still vote for him, its hard for me to wrap my mind around that one thing!? The guy has no experience, is loaded with money, and still is taking matching funds out of our public taxes to run. I guess people haven’t had enough of non experienced individuals that do not speak to the real issues of this state…..the HIGHEST property taxes in the nation and corruption in state government at the highest level, something this guy is a BIG part of! At least Guadagno has tried to lower taxes and has the mindset that it is a big issue in this state. No brainier to me. Plus the people who usually vote democratic, still are at the bottom of the feeding chain, nothing changes, yet they still vote for the people that keep them oppressed and in the ghettos. We gotta drain the swamp of these maggots that take money, do not care about abusive pension schemes, multiple pensions to cheaters in government, just continues to go on, why the state is doomed to high property taxes. This guy has no answers I have heard?

    • Chief Wahoo

      So The Goldman Sachs crony whose cronyism has ruined the country. Or the double and triple dipping crony whose cronyism has ruined this state. Step right up to the voting booth folks. Step right up.

      • Surfrider

        we gotta hold out chief and hope for the best! the people should be able to prioritize what we need done!
        And we sure of have a lot of corruption though, between the super mall deal and the state house renovation and light rail to never never land, and who cares about triple dipping, run away pension lining….just to name a few whoa!doesn’t look good for taxes

    • Mac

      Don’t worry. It will be over soon. It’s not a leadership or political party problem. It’s a people problem. When the public no longer cares enough to stand up and protect their freedoms in a republic, it’s only a short matter of time before those freedoms are gone (odds of such are 99 – 1%.) That’s why republics take up so few pages of world history. They only last around 250-years before corruption and bankruptcy lead to their demise. And guess what? NJ is again number one in leading the charge.

      • KaayC

        Yah seriously. People couldnt get off their cell phones long enough to vote.

      • Late Night Comedian

        I wrote in convicted felon ex con Democrat Joe Scarpellis name.
        He was a good mayor. He only made a mistake taking bribes and extorting business owners and developers.
        Summerfest was fun.

      • J W

        I’d vote for him again for just about anything, except I heard he died. He ran this joint like a well oiled machine.

      • Late Night Comedian

        Well oiled machine is correct.
        If you didn’t “grease” his palms, his democrat “machine” would not approve your construction.

      • J W

        I don’t work construction. Doesn’t bother me. Not then. Not now.

      • Mac

        That too. There’s a whole world out there they are missing in order to keep up with ‘reality’ lifestyle updates. The bigger the butt, the larger the ratings, not to mention the number of push-button voters.

  • Chief Wahoo

    If voting mattered they wouldn’t allow you to do it. These clowns are SELECTED.

    • KaayC

      Yes! I also blame the poor voter turnout. Could be everyone just disgusted by these politicos. Also having to vote a party rather than an individual. Joisey has a bad primary vote system. In the end, there is no good choice – a Christie sheriff or a Wall Street bankster.