A Good Day for Republicans

A Good Day for Republicans

The Republican Party won a resounding victory in the 2014 congressional elections, taking both houses of Congress, including its largest majority in the House of Representatives since World War II.

The GOP won Senate seats in Montana, South Dakota, Arkansas, West Virginia and North Carolina, bringing their total to 52, with runoff elections scheduled in December for Virginia, Alaska and Louisiana.

In New Jersey, Cory Booker won reelection to the Senate, besting Jeff Bell by more than 14%. Locally, Republican Frank LoBiondo won reelection to the House in New Jersey's District 2, with 62% of the vote over William Hughes, Jr. Tim Donohue won reelection to the Middle Township Committee with 59% of the vote over Sam Kelly. The election of officials for sheriff, the Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Board of Education were uncontested.  In Dennis Township, Democrats Donald Tozer and Lisa Salimbene were elected to the Township Committee.

Of the 63,715 registered voters in Cape May County, only 30,868 voted or 48.45%.

In other New Jersey elections for the U.S. House of Representatives, the winners were Donald Norcross, Democrat, District 1; Tom MacArthur, Republican, District 3; Chris Smith, Republican, District 4; Scott Garrett, Republican, District 5; Frank Pallone, Democrat, District 6; Leonard Lance, Republican, District 7; Albio Sires, Democrat, District 8; Bill Pascrell, Democrat, District 9; Donald Payne, Jr., Democrat, District 10; Rodney Frelinghuysen, Republican, District 11, and Bonnie Watson Coleman, Democrat, District 12.

Question No. 1 on the ballot was approved to amend the state constitution to allow a court to order a pretrial detention of a person in a criminal case. This will change the current constitutional right to bail. It also changes the constitution so that the court could order a person to remain in jail prior to trial without a chance to post bail in some situations.

Question No.  2 also was approved. It amends the state constitution to dedicate state revenues collected each year from the Corporation Business Tax for environmental programs. It raises the amount dedicated to these programs from 4% to 6% beginning July 1, 2019, mostly to preserve and steward open space, farmland, historic sites and flood-prone areas. Funds also would be used to improve water quality, remove and clean up underground tanks, and clean up polluted areas.