Four of New Jerseys five Republican-held House seats are under a nationwide microscope today — an Election Day that is widely viewed as a referendum on GOP President Donald Trump.
Clearly, the people living there wanted everyone to know they werent starstruck living next to the potential senator. In fact, in this normally quiet neighborhood of some of Summits most stately homes, the display could have been viewed as a finger-in-the-eye — or just plain finger — statement.
Across the nation, the Democrats need to win 23 Republican-held seats to take control of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Congress. The House has a total of 435 seats, all of which are being contested in this election.
Of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate, 35 are being contested. In order for the Democrats to take control of the Senate, they have to win all of their current seats and grab two seats that are currently held by the GOP.
The results below, compiled by the Associated Press, will be updated throughout the night, so check back later or refresh the page to see the latest numbers.
This public ballot question asked New Jersey voters whether the state should borrow $500 million for school security, county colleges, vocational schools and water improvement projects.
Well, it looks like Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is projected to win re-election. The Jersey trash Democrat was engulfed in a major ethics scandal, in which he was accused of taking lavish gifts from Dr. Salomon Melgen in exchange for political favors. Melgen was recently convicted and sentenced to 17 years in prison for health care fraud. The months-long trial dented Menendez’s approval numbers, but it ended with a hung jury—and the Department of Justice declined to retry him.
Republican Bob Hugin was said to have run an excellent campaign against Menendez, hitting him with endless attack ads. With no real competitive House races in the Garden State to help turn out key areas of Democratic support—party insiders were worried that their base wouldn’t turn out. These fears were complicated by the fact that Menendez’s approval ratings are in the toilet, with Democrats depressed over the ethics fiasco.
Video: New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez expected to win re-election
Juror dismissed from Bob Menendezs corruption trial parties at Senators victory rally
As Election Day drew closer, the race was moved into the toss-up column, but in the end, the deep blue state remained true. It seems there is nothing Democratic voters in New Jersey won’t tolerate. Former Gov. Chris Christie said that while voters might not like Menendez, they dislike Trump more.
The setting off Parsippany Road may have been less than ideal, but Hugin, who was flanked by GOP lawmakers from three counties – Morris Passaic and Sussex – did his best to excite about 150 to 200 people and also to ignore some troubling news.
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This was thought to be a dark horse, but like Texas, maybe GOP hopes of a pickup in the Garden State need to be tucked away in a corner for a while…a long while.
"I've heard lots of people say they didn't like Menendez, but they didn't like the president more," said former NJ Gov. Chris Christie on @ABC.
And to show how there is no shame in this state, a juror from the Menendez trial is at his election night party.