State. Sen. Joe Kyrillos Wins GOP Nomination For US Senate Seat
State Sen. Joe Kyrillos of Monmouth County (near the Jersey Shore) won the GOP nomination for a US Senate seat and will challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez whom Kyrillos described as a “mediocre Senator.” Kyrillos, a close ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, easily defeated three opponents and, says NJ.com, the upcoming race could offer some fireworks. Kyrillos indicated that he would seek to connect Menendez to former Senator and Governor Joe Corzine, who has become embroiled in the fall of MF Global, an investment firm that collapsed in October (with Corzine as CEO); over a billion dollars are missing from the accounts of the company’s trader customers.
However, Menendez has plenty of funds for his campaign and New Jersey is historically Democratic, having sent Democratic senators to Washington for the past 36 years.
10th District: Donald Payne Jr. Wins Democratic Nomination for the 10th Congressional District Seat
Newark City Council President Donald Payne Jr. easily won the Democratic nomination for the 10th Congressional District seat in what is described as “heated race” to succeed his father, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Sr., who passed away in March after serving 23 years as New Jersey’s first black representative in Congress.
Payne, who won 60 percent of the vote, had the endorsements of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as the endorsement of the local, politically connected, Essex County Democratic Party As NJ.com notes, Payne “ran largely on the legacy of his father, touting the relationships he had built in Washington.”
9th District: U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Defears Fellow Incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman
In the 9th district, which consists of Passaic County and also New Jersey’s heavily populated Bergen County directly across from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell defeated fellow incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman. Redistricting led to Rothman’s seat landing in a heavily Republican district; Pascrell’s district ended up in one “more closely resembl[ing] the one Rothman had represented than his own.” Rothman had moved to move to another town, Englewood, to run against Pascrell, rather than having to run against a Republican incumbent.
In a concession speech, Rothman noted his friendship with Pascrell and offered his support.
Pascrell will face GOP candidate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who says that he plans to make human rights the focus of his campaign; on Wednesday, he said he would be meeting with officials in Israel to discuss human rights abuses in Syria.
Teacher Who Took On Christie Wins Democratic Assembly Primary
Marie Corfield, an elementary school art teacher who challenged Christie over cuts to education fundings and his rhetoric about the teachers union, has won a chance at an Assembly seat in central New Jersey. She will run again in November against Republican incumbent Donna Simon.
A 2010 video of Corfield at a town hall went viral, as it showed her speaking up Christie who had referred to teachers as “welfare queens.”
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