In the Senate race, incumbent Senator Cory Booker, who won last year's special election, ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket. The Republican race looked very close, with Richard Pezzullo slightly ahead in the count for a while and Brian Goldberg not far behind, but as the precinct counts approached one hundred percent Jeff Bell slid into the lead and widened his margin to twenty-nine percent of the vote, against twenty-six for Pezzullo, twenty-five for Goldberg, and nineteen percent for Murray Sabrin.
In legislative district 1, Democratic State Senator Donald Norcross (brother of the powerful George Norcross) claimed the nomination from his party in a very strong win; Former National Football League linebacker and more recent radio talk show host Garry Cobb won the Republican race easily out-polling the combined tallies of the three other candidates.
In district 2, twenty-year incumbent Republican Congressman Frank Lobiondo easily took the nomination. He will run against Bill Hughes, Jr., son of the former Congressman Hughes whom Lobiondo replaced, also showing very strong support by voters in his party.
In district 3, Steve Lonegan conceded the Republican race to millionaire insurance executive Tom MacArthur in a somewhat close and hotly contested race (not as close as Lonegan's Senate loss to Booker last year). Aimee Belgard easily took the Democratic slot against her two opponents, who took less than a fifth of votes between them.
In district 4, incumbent Chris Smith was unopposed in the Republican primary, and Ruben Scolavino was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
In district 5, incumbent Scott Garrett was unopposed in the Republican primary. In the democratic primary, Roy Cho is the Associated Press' anticipated winner with a substantial lead over his opponent early in the reporting.
In district 6, incumbent Frank Pallone was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Anthony Wilkinson was unopposed in the Republican Primary.
In district 7, moderate Republican incumbent Leonard Lance has been projected to win (by the Associated Press) against his more conservative challenger. In the Democratic primary, Janice Kovach ran unopposed.
In district 8, incumbent Democrat Albio Sires and Republican Jude-Anthony Tiscornia both ran unopposed.
In district 9, incumbent Democrat Bill Pascrell and Republican Dr. Dierdre Paul both ran unopposed.
In district 10, on the Democratic ticket incumbent Donald Payne, Jr., took ninety percent of the primary vote in his district, his three opponents all trailing distantly. Yolanda Dentley ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
In district 11, Republican incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen easily took the nomination to run again, while Mark Dunec took the slot on the Democratic ticket against two opponents.
Finally, in district 12, Dr. Alieta Eck ran unopposed in the Republican primary. On the Democratic ticket, Bonnie Watson Coleman narrowly beat Linda Greenstein in a four-way race that promises that New Jersey will have a woman in Congress next year regardless of who wins November.
An index of articles introducing all of these candidates (and their opponents) can be found here. We shall endeavor to provide more information about all these candidates as the November election approaches.