DENVILLE – So how’s this early voting going?
At least in one part of the state, we have some numbers for Saturday and today up to 3 p.m. That would be Morris County.
Sources with the county board of elections report that 1,713 people voted over the first day and a half.
Some 705 were Democrats, 642 were Republicans and 365 were unaffiliated.
It’s a truism of politics these days that Democrats are more likely to vote early than Republicans.
For the record, Morris has about 136,000 registered Republicans and 117,000 Democrats, according to the latest data. There are an estimated 140,000 unaffiliated voters.
Speaking of Morris, Republican Jack Ciattarelli had two appearances in the county on Sunday – at a diner in Whippany and an outdoor rally at Gardner Field in Denville
Fear is a great way to motivate voters and Ciattarelli used that approach today in Denville.
He said if Republicans don’t like what Phil Murphy has done, they should fear what he’ll do in a second term.
“It could only get worse,” Ciattarelli said without elaboration.
Just a day before, Barack Obama was in Newark on Murphy’s behalf and took the opportunity to criticize Ciattarelli.
The GOP candidate wasn’t bothered by that; he said he considered it a “compliment.”
Obama and other Democratic luminaries have been dropping into New Jersey of late to hype turnout on Murphy’s behalf.
Ciattarelli is not interested in that approach.
He said today that the only people coming to campaign for him are going to be named, “Jack Ciattarelli.”