The June primary ballots are set after Monday’s filing deadline, with contests ranging from the Republican U.S. Senate slot to the Democratic nomination for mayor in Northfield.
In the U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Cory Booker faces no opposition for his party’s nomination. On the Republican side, Brian Goldberg of Livingston, Essex County, was endorsed by the Atlantic County Republican Club and will run on their line in the primary against Murray Sabrin of Fort Lee, Bergen County, Jeff Bell of Leonia, Bergen County, and Richard Pezzullo of Freehold, Mon-mouth County. Another potential candidate, Bob Turkavage, of Cranford, Union County, told NJ.com that he was stuck in traffic Monday and failed to file his petition before the 4 p.m. deadline.
In the 2nd District U.S. congressional race, Republican incumbent Frank LoBiondo will face a challenge from former Absecon Board of Education member Mike Assad, while on the Democratic side, Bill Hughes Jr., of Northfield, will face David Cole, of Sewell, Gloucester County. LoBiondo and Hughes will appear on the regular party lines in all eight counties in the district.
In Atlantic County, Victoria DeFilippo, of Brigantine, and Barbara Brown, of Absecon, will run as Atlantic County Liberty and Prosperity Republicans against incumbent Republican freeholders Alex Marino, of Linwood, and John Risley, of Egg Harbor Township, for the two at-large freeholder nominations. The primary winners would face Democrats Steven J. Stokes, of Galloway Township, and Barbara Rheault, of Mullica Township, who have no party opposition.
The Atlantic County sheriff candidates, Republican incumbent Frank Balles and Democrat Dennis Munoz, face no party opposition for their nominations.
There are no primary contests for county races in Cape May County, where the Democrats are not running any candidates and the Republicans face no party opposition. There are no primary contests for county races in Cumberland County.
In Ocean County, inumbent Republican Freeholder Joseph Vicari, of Toms River, running on the regular Republican line, faces opposition from John Paolella, of Bay Head. Regular Democrat Timothy Ryan, of Toms River, faces a primary challenge from Joseph Lamb, of Brick Township.
Petitions for municipal offices do not have to be submitted by municipal clerks to the county until Monday and were not available in most counties except Cape May, where there are no contested municipal primaries.
In Atlantic County, Republican Chairman Keith Davis said that the Hammonton Republican nominations would be contested. According to the town clerk, Sal Mazza and Jerry Vitalo, running on the regular Republican line without a third running mate, will face Steven Furgione, Otto Hernandez and Michael Torrissi of the Hammonton United slate for the Republican nominations for three spots on town council.
Atlantic County Democratic Chairman James Schroeder said Sue Barber did not file to face Buena Vista Township Committeeman John Armato in a Democratic primary. In Northfield, former Councilman Jason O’Grady is challenging Mayor Gerald McGee for the Democratic nomination.
McGee was appointed in February to fill the remainder of Vince Mazzeo’s term after Mazzeo resigned to become a state assemblyman. The winner would face Republican Erland Chau.
Independent candidates do not need to file for the June primary and have until June 3 to file to run in the November general election.
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