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Voters Head To The Polls For New Jersey Primary Election

June 05, 2018 - 10:04 am

TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS/AP) -- Polls are open in New Jersey, where Democratic and Republican voters will decide Senate and U.S. House races.

Incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez is seeking his party's nod for another term. Bob Hugin, a well-funded former pharmaceutical executive, is among those seeking the Republican nomination to face Menendez.

In his first election since he faced corruption charges, Menendez spoke in a low-key voice about taking the country back from President Donald Trump, and not mentioning much about what he has been through in the last year or two.

Menendez said now, Democrats must take Congress this fall.

“That New Jersey’s going to be one of the states that helps flip the House of Representatives to a Democratic majority. There are several seats in New Jersey where we have extraordinary candidates, and they’ll stand up to Donald Trump,” Menendez said. “We need someone who stands up to his assault on New Jersey.”

On the House side, Democratic incumbents have challengers in three races, while Republican Leonard Lance is the only member of the GOP with a challenger.
Two Republican incumbents are retiring from Congress.

Menendez is seeking his third term and has establishment party support, including from U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and Gov. Phil Murphy.
Polls will close at 8 p.m.