Chris Christie beat Steve lonegan for the Republican nomination and will face Corzine in the general election this fall.
Corzine kicked off his re-election campaign ( with a visit from VP Joe Biden ) last night at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange. Volunteers were already on-hand with new Corzine ’09 logo-ed t-shirts. When I asked strategist Brad Lawrence if his firm was already part of the Guv’s re-election bid, he pointed to the logos and said “that is us.”
Couple of other notable developments…State Senator Marcia Karrow lost in her primary bid against Republican Assemblyman Mike Doherty. This happened despite the fact that Karrow won the convention in Hunterdon County and had the party backing behind her.
Some pundits have speculated that robo-calls her campiagn made questioning Doherty’s patriotism was what did her in ( Karrow is the sitting Senator ). But let me posit another theory.
Lonegan came in with 42% of the vote. Considering he got single digits in the last Republican primary in ’05, that is pretty impressive. especially since Christie locked up a ton a of organization support early in the race.
The theory was always that only the firmest believers bother to vote in a Republican primary. If that is true, then maybe that is what hurt Karrow…in other words the Lonegan voters preferred Doherty especially in Hunterdon and Warren counties, solidly Republican territory.
Karrow then held a contentious live interview on NJN with Reporter Kent St. John.
Don Crisitello lost in the Morristown Mayoral Democratic primary. Cresitello had run for Senate last year. He established himself nationally when he applied for federal powers to deputize his police officers so that they could expel undocumented immigrants. I guess that stance didn’t go over so well in a Democratic primary.
And finally, Edison Mayor Jun Choi lost the primary. Choi was hailed the future of the city of Edison when he won four years ago. His Asian ethnicity had represented the growing poluation there. There are very few Asian American representaives in NJ Government ( at any level ). Choi is still mayor btw…he just lost the primary.
Very interesting night.