This is mark Joseph “young” blog entry #127, on the subject of New Jersey 2016 Election Results.
We provided some advance explanation of the two Public Questions which were on the ballot, and did a quick rundown of the major candidates in the twelve congressional districts, and now we’re following up with the election results. After all, with a lot of these events there is a great deal of coverage in anticipation of the moment, and then if you blink, you miss the outcome. That shouldn’t be.
In the Presidential race, New Jersey consigned its fourteen electoral votes to the loser, Democrat Hillary Clinton, as Republican Donald Trump won comfortably.
Public Question #1: Constitutional Amendment to permit casino gambling in two counties other than Atlantic County, went down hard, about four to one against. That means for the present casino gambling will be confined to Atlantic City, and the city will have to figure out how better to manage what it has.
Public Question #2: Constitutional Amendment to dedicate additional revenues to state transportation system, ran very close, but sometime after midnight had clearly passed by a narrow margin, under fifty-five percent of the vote favoring it. That means the state government will be forced to put the gasoline tax revenue into a dedicated account strictly for use by the Department of Transportation, which was the justification for the tax originally.
In the House of Representatives, all the incumbents were re-elected easily except in Congressional District 5, where Republican incumbent Scott Garrett was hurt by Libertarian Claudio Belusic in his race against Democrat Josh Gottheimer. The Libertarian’s two-point-two percent of the vote was the best of any Libertarian candidate in the state (Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson took two percent of the vote in the state, the best showing of any third-party candidate), but even apart from that Gottheimer would have edged out a victory, with fifty-point-five percent of the vote in his favor.
This tips the balance of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation, which for the past several years has been evenly split with six Republicans and six Democrats; with Gottheimer replacing Garrett we will be sending seven Democrats and only five Republicans to Washington. Nationally the Republicans still hold the House, with two hundred thirty-six seats, a few lost from their current majority. In the Senate, Republicans also lost one seat (in Illinois), but still hold a bare majority at fifty-one.
Here are the incoming United States Congressmen from New Jersey by district:
- Donald Norcross, Democrat, Incumbent.
- Frank Lobiondo, Republican, Incumbent.
- Tom MacArthur, Republican, Incumbent.
- Chris Smith, Republican, Incumbent.
- Josh Gottheimer, Democrat, Newcomer.
- Frank Pallone, Democrat, Incumbent.
- Leonard Lance, Republican, Incumbent.
- Albio Sires, Democrat, Incumbent.
- Bill Pascrell, Democrat, Incumbent.
- Donald Payne, Jr., Democrat, Incumbent.
- Rodney Frelinghuysen, Republican, Incumbent.
- Bonnie Watson Coleman, Democrat, Incumbent.
That gives us the shape of our Federal Government for the next two years.
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