The 2017 primary election yielded very few, if any surprises, in Hudson County, but as with any other competition in life, there were notable winners and losers across the board.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Nick Chiaravalloti and Angela McKnight – The Assembly incumbents in LD-31 staved off an aggressive late season blitzkrieg from the New Jersey Education Association and defeated their closest challenger by a margin greater than 2-to-1.
HCDO – The fact that only two of the nine legislative seats in the county were challenged indicated that an off-the-line effort would have to be almost perfect. Mayor Fulop showed the strength of the JCDO, while Mayor Davis showed he’s not going away without a fight.
Pablo Fonseca – Fonseca posted a perfect 5-0 mark in Hudson County: playing roles of a varying degrees in the campaigns of Sandra Cunningham, Jerry Walker, Anthony Romano, Joel Torres and Nick Chiaravalloti. While the results were expected, Fonseca’s GOTV operation was as strong as it’s ever been.
Tiffanie Fisher/Dawn Zimmer – While neither Hoboken official was on the ballot, the 2nd ward councilwoman ran a very aggressive campaign to elect new members of the Democratic committee, with the mayor more than happy to lend a hand. Winning 62 of 80 seats (with one undecided) bodes well for her November re-election campaign.
Brian Stack – Call it undemocratic, unnecessary, insanity or anything else. But the notorious North Hudson power broker ran unopposed in the state Senate race and somehow still secured just over 20,000 votes, according to the county clerk’s office.
NJEA, JCEA – A November school board race in Jersey City where four seats are up for grabs just became exponentially more difficult.
Kristen Zadroga Hart – Despite widely being considered a strong candidate with six figures at her disposal, Kristen Zadroga Hart came up way short in her bid for state Assembly in LD-31.
Christopher Munoz – The Bayonne Board of Education trustee came in dead last in what was largely touted as a competitive Assembly race. While he was significantly outspent, he now must make a tough choice between seeking re-election to the school board or making a run for council in May 2018.
Voters seeking change – Anyone who didn’t vote Column E yesterday was sorely disappointed, as Phil Murphy and every other candidate on the HCDO line steamrolled the little competition that existed had no issue running up the scoreboard in uncontested districts.