Most of the action was held on the Democratic side, as Newark Mayor Cory Booker faced off against two sitting members of Congress as well as the House Assembly Speaker, Sheila Oliver. Despite Rep. Frank Pallone and Rep. Rush Holt having federal office experience, the national notoriety and popularity of Booker was too much to overcome, and he easily won the nomination. On the Republican side, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan handily defeated a lesser known challenger, Dr. Alieta Eck, for the Republican nomination.
Booker (D) and Lonegan (R) will square off in the general election scheduled for October 16th. The latest polling numbers have Booker up significantly in the general match up. Additionally, New Jersey is a solidly blue state and hasn’t seen a Republican win a U.S. Senate seat since Richard Nixon was president. However, Lonegan is said to be a fierce campaigner and will certainly shake up the dialogue around the race.
Check back in October for a general election recap and results.