Jeff Bell beat out Brian Goldberg, Richard Pezzulo and Murray Sabrin for the Republican nomination securing 30% of the vote. He will challenge US Senator Cory Booker in November.
US House of Representatives
Congressional District 1 - State Senator Donald Norcross won the Democratic nomination with 72% of the Democratic vote, defeating Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor and Frank Broomell, Jr. Gary Cobb won the Republican nomination with 68% of the Republican vote defeating Lee Lucas, Gerard McManus, and Claire Gustafson.
Congressional District 2 - Incumbent Congressman Frank Lobiondo (R) handily overcame Republican challenger Mike Assad (R) with 82% of the Republican vote. Congressman Lobiondo will face Bill Hughes Jr. (D) in the General Election. Bill Hughes won 82% of the Democratic vote over David Cole.
Congressional District 3 - Democrats selected Aimee Belgard with 84% of the Democratic vote over Howard Kleinhendler and Bruce Todd. In the fiercely contested Republican battle, Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan (R) was defeated by Tom MacArthur (R) with MacArthur winning 60% of the vote.
Congressional District 4 – (Uncontested) Incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Smith received the Republican nomination and will face off against sole Democratic challenger Ruben Scolavino in November. Congressman Smith won the district by nearly 30 points in 2012.
Congressional District 5 - Democrats selected Roy Cho with 90% of the Democratic vote to face incumbent Republican Congressman Scott Garrett in the General Election. Congressman Garrett won the seat by a margin of over 12 points in 2012.
Congressional District 6 – (Uncontested) Incumbent Congressman Frank Pallone (D) and Anthony Wilkinson (R) had both secured their parties' nominations. Congressman Pallone won the District by nearly 30 points in 2012.
Congressional District 7 - Incumbent Congressman Leonard Lance (R) defeated the Primary challenge from Republican David Larsen with 54% of the vote. Congressman Lance will face the Democratic nominee, Clinton Mayor Janice Kovach in November. Congressman Lance won the District by a 17 point margin in 2012.
Congressional District 8 – (Uncontested) Incumbent Congressman Albio Sires (D) and Republican Jude Anthony Tiscornia have secured their parties' nomination. Congressman Sires won the District with a dominating 78% of the vote in 2012.
Congressional District 9 - (Uncontested) Incumbent Congressman Bill Pascrell (D) and Dierdre Paul (R) have secured their parties' nomination. Congressman Pascrell secured a commanding victory in 2012 with 74% of the vote.
Congressional District 10 – Incumbent Congressman Danald Payne, Jr. easily defeated three primary challenges for his party’s nomination with 91% of the vote. Yolanda Dentley has already secured the Republican nomination. Congressman Payne, Jr. won the seat previously held by his father Donald Payne in 2012, with 87% of the vote in 2012.
Congressional District 11 - Incumbent Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen defeated Republican challenger Rick Van Glahn with 67% of the vote, while Mark Dunec defeated Lee Anne Brogowski and Brian Murphy with 76% of the Democratic vote. Congressman Frelinghuysen won the District by over 18 points in 2012.
Congressional District 12 - Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman won the Democratic nomination with 43% of the vote, defeating Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula, State Senator Linda Greenstein and Adrew Zwicker. The Republican nomination was already secured by Alieta Eck, who last ran against Steve Lonegan in the Republican Special Primary Election for the US Senate seat left vacant following Senator Frank Lautenberg's passing.
New Jersey Fiscal Year 2015 BUDGET SPOTLIGHT: BUSINESS TAX REFORMS
In February, Governor Chris Christie appeared before a joint session of the Legislature, Cabinet members, and invited guests, to deliver his annual Budget Message to outline his administration's budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015.
This year’s proposed budget contains a handful of business tax reforms; they are as follows:
Ensure Out-of-State Online Businesses Collect the Same Sales Taxes as New Jersey Businesses - this proposal will level the playing field for out-of-state online retailers active in NJ, extending to them the same obligation that other NJ businesses already have to collect sales tax on sales to State customers.
Close Loopholes to Prevent Windfall Tax Refunds to Out-of-State Businesses that Don't Pay NJ Taxes - this proposal would clarify existing law to close a loophole that allows out-of-state partners in NJ partnerships to be eligible for tax refunds.
Close Loopholes that Allow Corporations to Shelter Income - this proposal would close loopholes to prevent the sheltering of business income from a "deemed asset sale" and conform with federal tax law regarding adjustments to net operating losses when businesses shed certain debts.
Crack Down on Tax Delinquents Who "Bounce" Their Electronic Tax Payments - this proposal would extend the same civil and criminal penalties that currently apply to taxpayers who pass "bad" checks to those who authorize "bad" electronic payments.
Reform the UEZ (Urban Enterprise Zone) Program so Zone Businesses Pay the Same Sales Tax as Retail Customers - currently, residents shopping in UEZs pay a sales tax on their purchases, while zone-certified businesses making purchases do not. This proposal would set the sales tax paid by zone-certified businesses at a level of 3.5% - the same rate NJ customers pay when shopping in UEZs.
The New Jersey Constitution requires a balanced budget be signed into law before the start of a new fiscal year, which begins July 1.
On February 25th Governor Christie presented his new state budget plan to the legislature, which under the constitution has until June 30th to pass a final version and present it to the Governor for his signature.
The Governor’s budget proposes to spend $34.4 billion, an increase from last year’s budget of $1.46 billion (4.4% increase). Unfortunately the proposed budget does not include the 10% income tax cut that the Governor had hoped that it would, due to other pressing obligations. Nearly all new spending in the budget, 94%, is going to pension and health-care benefits for public workers and debt payments, which made it difficult to push for a tax cut.
Some key points from the Governor’s proposal include the following:
- Largest payment in history to the State's pension fund at $2.25 billion;
- The state’s Medicaid program would get $200 million more;
- New Jersey Schools would get $9 billion in direct state aid; and
New Jersey's hospitals will receive $985 million in support.
Issue Update: Legislation Proposes to Require Employers to Provide Earned Sick Leave
Upcoming 2013 Election Dates/Analysis
At the top of this year's ballot was a gubernatorial election between incumbent Republican Governor Chris Christie and Democratic challenger Senator Barbara Buono. Earning 60% of the vote, Governor Christie defeated Senator Buono by 22 points (60% to 38%) yesterday and was elected to a second and final four-year term in office.
Moving down ballot, this year's elections also featured legislative races where all 120 members of the State Legislature were up for reelection. Democrats will retain a majority in the State Senate and General Assembly for the 216th New Jersey Legislature, which begins in January. Democrats' majority in the State Senate will remain 24-16, and at this time, it appears their majority in the General Assembly will decrease by two seats to 46-34. Republicans have gained one seat in Legislative District 1, and it looks like Republicans will pick up a seat in Legislative District 38.
Mayoral elections were also held Atlantic City, Camden and Hoboken, among other municipalities. In Atlantic City, incumbent Democratic Mayor Lorenzo Langford was defeated by Republican challenger Don Guardian. Camden and Hoboken both reelected their incumbent mayors, Dana Redd and Dawn Zimmer, respectively.
New Jersey residents also voted on a constitutional amendment to set a state minimum wage with an annual cost of living increase; the measure was approved 61% to 39%.
Click here to see how the 40 legislative districts will look for the 216th New Jersey Legislature; the district's Senator is listed first, followed by the two Assembly-members. (* denotes an incumbent who won reelection)
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