Dems Increase Their Majority In Legislature

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STATE – Democrats held all 26 of the seats they controlled in the state Senate and gained a 48th seat in the Assembly to keep their majority in the state Legislature.

The post-Census redistricting process created new maps that largely favored incumbents, but Republicans had hoped to make modest gains through a handful of competitive districts. Democrats carried the day, with state Sen. Jim Whelan beating Vince Polistina by 8 points in District 2; incumbent Bob Gordon beating Bergen County Freeholder Director John Driscoll in District 38, and incumbent Linda Greenstein easily defeated Richard Kanka in District 14.

Here are the results for districts with towns in Union or Middlesex counties:

(Winners’ names are bold; an asterisk marks incumbency)

District 12

Senate
Thompson , Samuel* (R) – 17,939
Brown , Bob (D) – 12,008

Assembly
Dancer , Ronald* (R) – 17,726
Clifton , Robert (R) – 17,036
Spedding , Bill (D) – 11,928
Rome , Catherine (D) – 11,886

District 14

Senate
Greenstein , Linda* (D) – 24,468
Kanka , Richard (R) – 19,845

Assembly
DeAngelo , Wayne* (D) – 24,921
Benson , Daniel* (D) – 24,067
McGowan , Sheree (R) – 17,904
Wittman , Wayne (R) – 17,825
Welzer , Steven (I) – 1,049

District 17

Senate
Smith , Bob* (D) – 14,962
Rickards , Jordan (R) – 8,461

Assembly
Egan , Joseph* (D) – 14,654
Chivukula , Upendra* (D) – 14,371
Mettler , Robert (R) – 8,603
DiLalla , Carlo (R) – 8,363

District 18

Senate
Buono , Barbara* (D) – 18,423
Dittman , Gloria (R) – 12,354

Assembly
Barnes , Peter* (D) – 17,061
Diegnan , Patrick* (D) – 16,945
Sinagra , Joseph (R) – 13,233
Silva , Marcia (R) – 12,648

District 19

Senate
Vitale , Joseph* (D) – 17,687
Lund , Paul (R) – 8,824

Assembly
Wisniewski , John* (D) – 17,364
Coughlin , Craig* (D) – 16,652
Leon , Angel (R) – 8,599
Robinson , Shane (R) – 8,473

District 20

Senate
Lesniak , Raymond* (D) – 11,754
Rosales , Helen (R) – 3,894

Assembly
Quijano , Annette* (D) – 11,392
Cryan , Joseph* (D) – 11,371
Donoso , John (R) – 3,853

District 21

Senate
Kean , Thomas* (R) – 26,699
Swanicke , Paul (D) – 12,650

Assembly
Munoz , Nancy* (R) – 24,558
Bramnick , Jon* (R) – 24,366
Albert , Norman (D) – 13,153
Bergen , Bruce (D) – 13,131
Young , Darren (I) – 1,241

District 22

Senate
Scutari , Nicholas* (D) – 15,272
Class , Michael(R) – 9,578

Assembly
Stender , Linda* (D) – 14,974
Green , Jerry* (D) – 14,242
Van Pelt , Joan (R) – 10,320
First , Jeffrey (R) – 9,632


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