Primary Election Recap - My9 New Jersey

Primary Election Recap

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The most anticipated results of Tuesday’s election were who would be the Republican candidate to take on Cory Booker for the New Jersey senate seat in November. Jeff Bell beat out three other Republicans to run as the primary candidate. Bell had his heyday back in 1978 when President Carter was in office, but he ended up losing that senate race.

In other political news, the 12th district had a heated Democratic primary to fill the seat of Rush Holt which was won by Bonnie Watson Coleman. Many expected this to be a very close race between Coleman and Linda Greenstein. However, you may remember the alleged controversy where Greenstein was possibly recorded saying: “I hate everybody in here is my enemy, except for the people from Hamilton.” Some feel this may have helped put Coleman on top.

Political analyst Dee Dee Benkie chimed in to discuss how these latest elections will impact Governor Christie.

“I think Chris Christie is doing really well. Many Democrats are trying to make hate of the bridge, but I think everybody is sick of it. It’s like really? That doesn’t look like much next to all these controversies that Obama has. It’s just one after another; I mean there are so many ‘gates’ we can’t keep up with it. So I think the longer Christie stands, the stronger he is. As far as these other races, frankly, I still think it’s all about Chris Christie, he’s a rock star,” she said.

As far as the November election goes, many New Jerseyans feel that Booker is just unbeatable.

“I think Bell’s got really an uphill battle because does anything good from the 70’s? I don’t know, but also on Twitter, he has 145 followers, Cory Booker has 1.4 million. I don’t know, that sort of tells you the tale,” Benkie mentioned.

Some argue that Governor Christie will be highly involved in Bell’s November campaign and that Booker may have to work harder than expected to hold his seat.


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