Tuesday, April 2, 2013
On the GOP side, Siddons back in, Askew opts out
The four available ward seats on the Township Council this November will be in GOP hands, unless any independents file to run and win. Berkeley was once a Democratic bastion in Ocean County for more than two decades. But no Democrats filed to run by the deadline yesterday for the June primary, Township Clerk Beverly M. Carle said after a special Township Council meeting on Monday night. Republican Township Councilwoman Fran Siddons, who recently announced she would not run in a contested June primary for her Ward Four seat, has changed her mind. She is being challenged by Berkeley Board of Education member Sophia Gringrich. Siddons said last month she was done with township politics. She had planned to run for another term and had begun …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Two-term council member will not run as an independent
Township Councilwoman Frances R. Siddons has had enough. Siddons said today she has withdrawn her application for a second term as the Ward 4 representative on the Township Council and will no longer seek the endorsement of the Regular Republican Organization of Berkeley Township. "It was a very difficult decision," Siddons said today. "I made it at the eleventh hour." Siddons had planned to run for a third term, and had begun raising money for the campaign. But that was before she was interviewed by the Republican Club screening committee on March 2, she said. "I was viciously attacked at the screening committee meeting," Siddons said. "Up to the bloody end. The way I was treated was a total disgrace." Siddons said she already knew she …
Monday, February 25, 2013
A Quinnipiac University poll released this week shows Chris Christie with a big lead over his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono.
Monday, February 25
Gov. Chris Christie is the best person to lead New Jersey over the next four years, according to voters recently polled in a survey released this week by Quinnipiac University. Christie, a Republican, leads his Democratic rival, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), 62 percent to 25 percent in the state's 2013 gubernatorial race, according to the poll. The governor's overall approval rating also remains high. Christie's 74 percent approval rating and 69 percent favorable rating tie his personal record highs from January, the Huffington Post reports, both numbers buoyed by public perception of the way he handled Hurricane Sandy's impact and its aftermath. Christie appears to have strong support on the other side of the aisle, as well. …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Middlesex County state senator would challenge Gov. Chris Christie
The Ocean County Democratic organization has thrown its support behind state Sen. Barbara Buono for governor. The Middlesex County Democrat has announced she will challenge incumbent Republican Chris Christie in November. With word that Newark mayor Cory Booker, state Sen. Richard Codey and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney will not seek the state's highest office, Buono is widely considered to be the Democratic frontrunner in the June primary election. The Ocean County party organization made its decision to support Buono last weekend after she appeared at a county committee breakfast in Toms River. Christie has been a "disaster" for New Jersey, Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp said in a statement to Patch. "Under his …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Both win one-year unexpired terms on the governing body
Township Council President James J. Byrnes and Councilman Kevin M. Askew coasted to easy wins in the race for the Ward 1 and Ward 2 seats. Byrnes received 2,040 votes, or 60.48 percent for the Ward 1 seat. Lynn Hansen, his Democratic challenger, received 39.49 percent, according to figures provided by the Ocean County Clerk's Office. Byrnes - the former longtime president of the Berkeley Board of Education - was appointed to the Township Council Ward 1 seat in January, to replace Karen Davis, who resigned because of health reasons. Askew was also appointed to the Ward 2 seat in January, to replace Carmen F. Amato Jr., who was elected mayor in November 2011. Askew received 2,440 votes, or 57 percent, compared to his Democratic challenger …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Little, Bartlett, Polhemus cruise to re-election
Republican incumbents coasted to re-election Tuesday night, preserving the GOP's control of the freeholder board and sheriff's office. Voters re-elected longtime GOP freeholders Gerry Little and John C. Bartlett Jr. and Sheriff William L. Polhemus by wide margins, with 99 percent of votes reported at 11:30 p.m. Unofficially, Little and Bartlett captured 111,630 votes and 117,495 votes, respectively, far exceeding the totals recorded for Democratic candidates Joseph Grisanti (74,261) and Pat Barndt (71,738). Independent challengers Scott Newman and Tracy Caprioni each struggled to capture 1 percent of votes cast, with 3,510 and 3,828 votes, respectively. Polhemus will enter his 28th year in office in 2013 after garnering nearly 56 percent …
Voters in New Jersey on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's 14 electoral votes.
Barack Obama won New Jersey’s 14 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in New Jersey. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections.
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
Update: This article was updated at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 7 with quotes from Gov. Chris Christie. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." "The task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you," Obama told supporters in his acceptance speech shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. "It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression. The spirit that has lifted …
Republicans have conceded the senatorial seat to incumbent Robert Menendez.
As the ballots pour in from Sandy-ravaged New Jersey, Robert Menendez has emerged victorious in reclaiming his U.S. Senate seat against Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos. With just over half of polling districts reporting, state Republicans have conceded victory to Menendez. The U.S. senator leads 58 percent to 40 percent as of 10:30 p.m., according to CBS News. "Senator Joe Kyrillos ran a great campaign against very tough circumstances and despite the loss, his family, campaign team, and supporters should be very proud of their efforts," New Jersey Republican Chairman Sam Raia said in a statement late Tuesday night. "Joe represents the very best of New Jersey and has fought for his constituents faithfully from the day he took office and …
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