Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Chris Christie won the Republican primary this evening, defeating challenger Steve Lonegan and earning a chance to unseat Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine in this fall's election. Turnout was light across the state, despite the hotly contested battle between front-runner Christie, a former U.S. prosecutor, and challenger Lonegan, the former mayor of Bogota. The Associated Press declared Christie the winner around 10 p.m., about two hours after the polls closed. With about 55 percent of the precincts reporting, Christie had 107,583 votes-- or 55 percent of the vote. Lonegan trailed with 42 percent of the vote. GOP Assemblyman Rick Merkt was also in the race, though he ran a distant third. Corzine, who was expected to win easily in the Democratic primary, kicked off his campaign with a rally at the Codey Arena in West Orange. Vice President Joe Biden headlined the event. "Barack Obama and Joe Biden are committed to Jon Corzine's re-election. Period. End of sentence," Biden said. "We need Jon Corzine at the helm." Though the votes had not been fully counted, Corzine accepted the Democratic nomination for governor. As for State Assembly 31st District, Ronald Dancer, (i) GOP got 8,891=47%, Joseph Malone, (i) GOP got 8,763=46% and Avi Solomon, GOP got 1,379=7%.
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