Overall, Hudson County had about a 28.5 percent voter turnout on Election Day, he’s a look at how all 12 municipalities fared at the polls Tuesday.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Union City, who had no municipal races but saw state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack push hard to get votes out for now 8th District Congressman-Elect Rob Menendez, led the way with roughly 39 percent turnout, according to data released from the Hudson County Clerk’s Office upon request.
The lowest turnout was for East Newark at approximately 20 percent turnout, not unexpected for Hudson’s smallest municipality that had only two uncontested council seats on the ballot.
Meanwhile in the county’s largest city, Jersey City’s voters cast 82,375 votes in the board of education race that ended in another sweep for the teachers union-backed “Education Matters” team.
While that is a respectable showing for a BOE race, that is still only 21 percent turnout citywide, county data shows.
In neighboring Bayonne and Kearny, voter turnout hovered around 24 percent. Both municipalities had school board races, where the Peninsula City BOE contest saw the ticket backed by Mayor Jimmy Davis and teachers union win just one out of four seats.
Additionally, Kearny had two of their four council races contested, with the candidates backed by Mayor Al Santos pulling off a definitive sweep.
Also in West Hudson, Harrison which featured the only mayoral contest of the evening, saw just a hair better with 25 percent turnout. Incumbent James Fife ended up defeating former Councilman Anselmo Millan by a much wider margin than he did in 2018.
North Bergen came away with 29 percent turnout, which is still considerable given that they had no municipal races at all. Guttenberg, which had both their council and BOE races uncontested, managed to hit around 30 percent.
Secaucus, whose council races were uncontested and saw five people running for three school board seats (the “For the Children Team” swept), secured 32 percent turnout – the same number reached in Weehawken in West New York despite no municipal races.
Election Day remained significant in West New York, given that Menendez will be succeeding U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, a former town mayor who has said he’d like to run again next May.
Furthermore, Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner is a longtime Sires staffer and will certainly be heavily involved in his 2023 campaign.
In the Mile Square City, 31,206 votes were cast in their first hotly contested school board race since 2016, good for approximately 34 percent turnout – an unusually strong showing.
The “Leadership that Listens” team, who was endorsed by Mayor Ravi Bhalla and several of his allies on the city council, ended up winning the three seats up for grabs.
Menendez expectedly decimated his competition, more than tripling Republican nominee Marcos Arroyo’s output (60,139 vs. 19,264), in a race that saw about 26 percent turnout countywide.
In the 9th Congressional District, which includes parts of Kearny and Secaucus, and the 10th District, which includes parts of Bayonne and Jersey City, turnout reached 27 and 18 percent in Hudson, respectively.
The 9th is mostly a Passaic County district, while the 10th is mostly an Essex County district.