A Primary Election Eve Word from InsiderNJ…


InsiderNJ is pleased to have covered this primary season, and we look forward to Tuesday, June 6th, when we plan to deliver all of your up-to-the-minute campaigns and elections results – deep into the night.

Thank you to all of the combatants.

You show courage in running for public office.

Good luck.

In addition to that, it’s all interesting.

It’s New Jersey, so it couldn’t be anything other than interesting. It’s like that line at the end of American Hustle when the con artists says of his ex-wife, “Rosalyn… Rosalyn was interesting.” That’s New Jersey politics.

We have enjoyed the Plainfield Mayor’s race, which we wrote about here. That’s a three-way contest among incumbent Mayor Adrian Mapp, the Rev. Tracey Brown, and 4th Ward Councilwoman Bridget Rivers.

We are curious about the outcome in Atlantic City, where a field of Democrats running to represent the party includes councilmen Frank Gilliam and Marty Small. We wrote about that here.

Let’s see what happens in Hawthorne, which we broke down here.

We’ve written a lot about LD26, a gas tax gas can of a contest, which we broke down here.

We took a look at the career of Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), a gubernatorial candidate, here. We looked at the political career of state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) here.

We examined the rivalry of Democratic gubernatorial candidates Jim Johnson and Wisniewski here.

We enjoyed the big Democratic rallies for front-runner Phil Murphy, written about here and here and here.

We went to debates among the Democratic candidates and covered them here.

The GOP convention season featuring LG Kim Guadagno versus Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli was fun as hell.

Middlesex stood out here.

But so did Union here.

So did Somerset here.

And Ocean.

The overall GOP Primary proved exciting and interesting and we examined some of it here.

It was contentious, as demonstrated here and here.

And here.

And here.

We analyzed the conventions and those districts that were likely to be most impacted the GOP Primary for guv, here and here.

We covered the attacks and counter attacks.

We went to the debates, and spoke at events, and even moderated candidates’ forums.

We dove more than a few times into LD40 and that ferocious showdown between Passaic County Clerk Kristin Corrado and Bergen County GOP Chairman Paul DiGaetano here and here and here.

And here.

There was much more than that, of course; those links represent just a smattering of the work, and the work just scratches the surface of all those hidden drams, barely varnished over passions, and minor tragedies and major comedies called this current election cycle, which is almost over, but for the actual voters getting out there and voting.

We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we at InsiderNJ have enjoyed covering it, even in spite of the enduring heartbreak, which tugs at your arm constantly like the woman who won’t leave you and whom you can’t leave; and her first name has a single syllable, although she’s anything but ‘new’ and yet you wouldn’t have it any other way, because it’s the life and the dock and the street and the park and the boardwalk and beach and bodega and Great Falls you always knew; and so now, without further interruption – to battle!

We’ll see you on the other side of tomorrow.

We don’t what will be happening then necessarily, but we will know where…



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