TLDR New Jersey Primary Results: a Loss for the Tea Party, a Win for Ghostface Killah


U.S. Senate

Former Reagan speechwriter and septuagenarian Jeff Bell will face incumbent Cory Booker in the fall after narrowly beating the closest of his three rivals for the Republican nomination, Rich Pezzullo, by fewer than 5,000 votes.

House of Representatives, District 1

Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Gary Cobb handily seized the GOP nomination, but he’ll have a tough fight in against Democratic state senator Donald Norcross (winner of the special primary) to represent the heavily Democratic district in the fall.

House of Representatives, District 2

Back in ’94, now-incumbent Republican Frank LoBiondo succeeded Democrat Bill Hughes when Hughes left Congress. This fall, LoBiondo will face Hughes’ son, Bill Hughes Jr., who secured the Democratic nomination on Tuesday with 81 percent of the vote.

House of Representatives, District 3

Republican Tom MacArthur emerged from the bruising primary victorious over Tea Party-backed Steve Lonegan. MacArthur will face lawyer and Burlington County freeholder Aimee Belgard in the fall.

House of Representatives, District 5

Young lawyer Roy Cho clinched the Democratic nomination with more than 90 percent of the vote after securing the crucial Ghostface Killah endorsement.

House of Representatives, District 7

Incumbent Republican Leonard Lance hung on to his party’s nomination, but just barely–rival David Larsen trailed him by a scant 2,560 votes.

House of Representatives, District 10

Representative Donald Payne Jr. cruised to an easy victory over his three challengers, including author and AOL chat room pick-up artist Aaron Fraser, profiled in the Voice earlier this year.

House of Representatives, District 11

Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen sucessfully fended off a primary challenge from contractor Rick Van Glahn. In the fall, he’ll need to convince voters he’s better for the job than Democratic nominee Mark Dunec, who fancies himself the next Joe Lieberman.

House of Representatives, District 11

Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman won the four-way race for the chance to succeed U.S. Rep. Rush Holt.