Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NJ & Hudson County primary races

Based on a source of unknown reliability, the Republican gubernatorial primary is being called for Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. (8:17 pm)

More than $20 million spent by Phil Murphy is anticipated to catapult him into a November face-off versus the Lt. Governor on the Democrat side.

Phil Murphy will face off against Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno this November
to see who will be NJ Governor. 

With less than 57% of the vote tallied, Guadagno's lead is coming in at 49% of the vote. Murphy is leading on his side with 48%.

As of 9:04 according to the NY Times, Phil Murphy is declared the Democratic primary winner for governor. Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno followed soon after declared the Republican primary winner.

A showdown between the two appeared inevitable.

The only vaguely contested local primary race in Hoboken is for Freeholder where incumbent Anthony "Stick" Romano is expected to easily defeat perennial candidate Patricia Waiters and a write-in resistance vote for Kurt Gardiner.

Romano will likely face Adela Rohena the Republican winner this November.

State Senator Brian Stack, Assembly members Annette Chaparro, Raj Mukherji like Freeholder Anthony Romano are winners expecting token opposition in November.

Updated: Unofficial numbers for Freeholder: Anthony "Stick" Romano 3,791, Patricia Waiters 915.

Early Democratic Committee: "Big win" for Mayor Zimmer's Column E

Crushing win for Reform & Mayor's Column E

The polls have closed and the full results will be in later on today's primary voting but a reliable source says the Hoboken Democratic Committee Column E backed by Mayor Dawn Zimmer will be a major victor.

The Hoboken Democratic Committee is an early prognosticator of campaign strength leading to this fall's November election.

Second Ward Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher led efforts to rekindle a strong Hoboken Democratic Committee and the results appear to be looming large for the Column E candidates.

The Column F Democrats headed by the Russo Clan appear doomed to a major defeat.

The final tallies of the Democratic Committee election will be finalized next Monday when the winners are designated and vote for a number of offices and agenda items.  The results tonight are preliminary and pending to the Monday meeting.

Update: Unconfirmed but another source believes the Hoboken Democratic Committee Column E has crushed it taking fully 90% or better of their listed candidates. That would be over 60 seats.

Update 2: The final tallies are anticipated to be in the range of 62 districts for Column E vs. 17 for Column F, +/- 1.

This is a YUGE local victory portending big things to come November in the Hoboken elections.

Grist for the Mill: Freeholder resistance in Hoboken?

The primaries are underway and Horsey received the first call at dawn when a voter recounted the uptown firehouse had a machine down forcing "emergency" ballot voting and much confusion.

As the phone rang just about 7:00 am, the first thought was "terrorist attack" or a local death of someone significant in the community. It turned out to be a far better outcome with county officials working to get the voting machine back in operation.

There won't be much drama today in Hoboken with much of the ballot unopposed in the Democratic primary. Most of the interest will lie atop and at the bottom of the ticket for governor and Democratic Committee.

There are whispers though of a faint resistance in the wind for freeholder.

Late yesterday, chatter began about how to vote for freeholder but not for either the HudCo incumbent or the boisterous Carmelito on the line. Those whispers have grown louder for a write-in for Kurt Gardiner.

Gardiner was the 2011 independent upstart who with no campaign, office or signage who took almost one second ward district and 30% of the Hoboken vote totaling almost 1800 votes running an internet campaign on his reform website, the Hoboken Journal and here on MSV.

Now a commissioner on the North Hudson Sewerage Authority, Gardiner isn't running as he did in November 2011 as an official candidate against Anthony Stick Romano but there's a resistance among the local citizenry and many have not forgotten the bloody nose delivered six years ago.

In a brief phone interview today, Kurt Gardiner declined to comment if he heard about the whisper campaign afoot. But when pressed he reluctantly admitted, "I voted for myself" as a write-in for freeholder.

Kurt Gardiner sank Frank "Pupie" Raia's bid for more than a quarter century on the NHSA board but today
it's a whisper campaign building to resist the incumbent freeholder Stick Romano as in 2011.

Talking Ed Note: Feel free to join in the write-in against HudCo and the status quo, not a Carmelito.
Kurt Gardiner, write-in for Freeholder.

Uptown residents in the second ward, district one are writing in Sheillah Dallara and Aaaron Dallara for Democratic Committee.

Update: A letter has appeared from Freeholder Anthony "Stick" Romano endorsing candidates on Column F. Holy Benedict Arnold Batman!

Romano appears on Column E.

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City of Hoboken announces:

Dear MSV readers,

The Primary Election in New Jersey will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The Republican and Democratic primary elections include candidates for Governor, State Senator, General Assembly, County Clerk, Freeholder, and State Committee. The Democratic primary also includes the election of members for the County Committee. Registered, unaffiliated voters may vote in either primary by declaring their party affiliation at the polls.

Polls open at 6:00am and close at 8:00pm. If you are in line by 8:00pm, whether the line is inside or outside of the polling location, you have the right to remain in line and vote.

To find your polling location, visit: https://voter.njsvrs.com/elections/polling-lookup.html.

Please note that the polling location listed on sample ballots mailed to voters in Ward 4, District 5 includes the incorrect location. The polling location has been changed from the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club to the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street.

Several polling locations include multiple voting districts, each with a separate line and voting machine. To determine your district and save time at the polls, check the sample ballot you received in the mail or refer to the Hoboken Ward map: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/clerk/HobokenWardMap.pdf

If your name is not in the poll book, or if for any reason you are told that you cannot vote, **you have the right to vote by provisional ballot**. View the New Jersey Voters’ Bill of Rights poster for more information: http://www.njelections.org/co-polling-posters/2016-bill-rights-poster-english.pdf

The Hall Institute and League of Women Voters of New Jersey have produced a step-by-step video guide on what to expect when voting: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bbmod3PG8M

To check if you are registered to vote, visit: https://voter.njsvrs.com/PublicAccess/servlet/com.saber.publicaccess.control.PublicAccessNavigationServlet?USERPROCESS=PublicSearch

If you encounter any issues voting or trying to vote, please call the Hudson County Board of Elections: 201-369-7745/7746/7747/7748/7749/7799/7794/7797

To see election results visit: www.hudsoncountyclerk.org/election-results/