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Whelan wins; GOP takes District 2 Assembly, freeholder races VIDEO

Democrat Jim Whelan Democrat Jim Whelan  UPDATED

While Republicans claimed victories in races for District 2 Assembly, freeholder at large and District 4 freeholder in Tuesday general election voting, they conceded the big prize of the night in the race for the state Senate seat.

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New Jersey voters can help veteran organizations support themselves

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – After nearly four years of pushing for a change to the law that governs how veterans organization can use the proceeds from the games of chance offered at the posts, these groups are hoping for their own luck as New Jersey voters consider the matter as a referendum on the November ballot.

 The Cardiff Memorial VFW Post in Egg Harbor Township has officially encouraged its 123 members to support the referendum.

 The matter was referred to the ballot in June 2013 after both the New Jersey Assembly and Senate voted unanimously for the question to appear in front of voters.

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Senate and Assembly candidates face off

Photo by Christie Rotondo/: Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Republican Challenger Susan Adelizzi Schmidt debated about jobs, taxes, tourism and more during Monday’s debate at the Old Court House. Photo by Christie Rotondo/: Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Republican Challenger Susan Adelizzi Schmidt debated about jobs, taxes, tourism and more during Monday’s debate at the Old Court House. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE— During Monday’s debate, legislative candidates in the 1st District sparred over the local economy, taxes, and jobs at the Old Court House.

Political newcomer Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, the Republican challenger for state Senate, focused her arguments on what more needs to be done, while Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeff Van Drew stuck to improvements he has been a part of, as well as his bipartisan relationship with Gov. Chris Christie and Republicans in the legislature.

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District 2 Republican Incumbent John Amodeo

John Amodeo, Republican. John Amodeo, Republican.

Amodeo, 63, of Margate, said, “We’ve come a long way in the last four years – balancing our budget with no tax increases, instituting a 2 percent cap on local budgets, and making job growth a priority in South Jersey.

We made the impossible a reality by keeping Casino Reinvestment Development funds in Atlantic City. They said it couldn’t be done, but we did it.  And now we’re using that money to invest in our people – creating jobs today and restoring growth and prosperity to our area.

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District 2 Democratic Candidate Vince Mazzeo

Vince Mazzeo, Democrat. Vince Mazzeo, Democrat.

Mazzeo, 49, is the mayor of Northfield.

He said, “The biggest issues facing residents of Atlantic County are property taxes and the economy. The state takes credit for its 2 percent cap on property taxes, which slowed spending and stabilized the tax rate. However, in the last four years, property taxes have gone up 18.6 percent. The 2 percent cap did slowdown spending, but the state cut school aid and property tax rebate programs. The tax burden fell on the backs of municipalities,” Mazzeo said.

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District 2 independent candidate Gary Stein

Gary Stein, Brownie and Me Gary Stein, Brownie and Me

Stein, 57, of Mullica Township said, “Neighbors, I’m Assembly candidate No. 5 – Independent Democrat – weighing in on the most important issue affecting Atlantic County; rigged election ballots.  Stay with me. Not rigged, bless their hearts, in Salem County’s primary or general, and not rigged in Morris County – Republican side – in the primary, but rigged in the general. 

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Rich Dase, 39, Republican Atlantic County District 4 freeholder

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I am a lifelong Galloway Township resident.  I went to Brigantine Beach as a child and it’s my beach today.  I played baseball and basketball games in Absecon and today enjoy walks in Heritage Park with my son.  I appreciate the quiet beauty and history of Port Republic. 

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Van Drew loses ground in new Stockton poll

GALLOWAY— A Stockton poll released Tuesday found that the gap between candidates in the 1st District Senate race is narrowing, but only slightly. 

Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeff Van Drew now holds 58 percent points against Republican challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt’s 29 points, according to the poll.

Just last month, the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton announced that Van Drew had 62 percentage points and Adelizzi-Schmidt had 29.

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Poll: Strong lead for Van Drew, closer match for Assembly

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP— Sen. Jeff Van Drew is leading by a large margin in the race for the 1st District Senate seat, showed a Stockton poll released on Friday.

The Democratic incumbent was leading with 62 percent, according to the Stockton Polling Institute. Republican challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt has 29 percent.

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Van Drew dominates in Stockton poll

Polling institute says Assembly race is tighter

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP— Sen. Jeff Van Drew is leading by a large margin in the race for the 1st District Senate seat, showed a Stockton poll released Friday, Sept. 27.

The Democratic incumbent was leading with 62 percent, according to the Stockton Polling Institute. Republican challenger Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt has 29 percent.

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Hughes to challenge LoBiondo in 2014 Updated

Bill Hughes Jr. Bill Hughes Jr.

ATLANTIC CITY – Bill Hughes Jr. wants to follow in his father’s footsteps.

On Thursday, Hughes kicked off his campaign for New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

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Second Legislative District Senate race

Republican Frank Balles Republican Frank Balles Democrat Jim Whelan Democrat Jim Whelan

Democratic incumbent Jim Whelan is seeking another term in the New Jersey Senate representing the 2nd Legislative District, which includes much of Atlantic County. Whelan is challenged by Republican Frank Balles for the seat. They are each seeking a three-year term in the state Senate. New Jersey state senators earn $49,000 annually.

This campaign has been running for nearly a year and rather than look at all the issues The Current limited the candidates to just three questions.

Whelan and Balles were asked; What are two important issues in this election? What do you really want the voters to know about you? And why are you the best candidate for this job?

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Two seek District 4 freeholder seat

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Two candidates – one Democrat and one Republican - are seeking the 4th District seat on the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 general election.

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District 2 Republican incumbent Chris Brown

Chris Brown, Republican. Chris Brown, Republican.

Brown, 49, of Ventnor is a lifelong resident of Atlantic County and a graduate of Holy Spirit High School, Rutgers University and the Widener School of Law. Brown is a combat veteran who was activated for war on two occasions. He received the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge for his service in Operation Desert Storm.

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District 2 Democratic Candidate Nick Russo

Nick Russo, Democrat. Nick Russo, Democrat.

“I have been Longport’s Mayor since 2008 and I am a retired New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice state supervising investigator. I possess a doctorate degree in education and I’m a certified public manager. Besides being an active member of the Longport Fire Department, I teach graduate courses at the University of Phoenix,” said Russo, 64.

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Brandi Endicott, 36, Democratic District 4 freeholder candidate

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Brandi Endicott is a clinical nurse manager for medically fragile children where she is an outspoken opponent of disparities in healthcare.

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UPDATE: Booker projected winner in special Senate election

Democrat Cory Booker has been projected the winner in tonight's special election to choose the U.S. Senator from New Jersey, the Associated Press is reporting. 

As of 9:53 p.m., the AP was reporting that Booker had 56 percent of the vote, Steve Lonegan 43 percent with 4,610 out of 6,330 precincts reporting. 

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New Jersey voters to face question on raising minimum wage (POLL)

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP -  When voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5 for the general election, they will be asked their opinion on a few ballot questions that will amend the New Jersey Constitution, including one on whether to raise the minimum wage in New Jersey from $7.25 per hour to $8.25 per hour.

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Both sides call foul

GOP, Dems accuse each other of negative campaigning in Legislative race

With the Nov. 5 election looming, both Democrats and Republicans seeking legislature seats in the 1st District are turning up the heat.

Republican Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt has called out Democratic incumbent Jeff Van Drew over negative campaign ads.

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NJ's 1st District Republicans focus on women’s issues

GOP candidates accuse Dems at round table discussion Tuesday

Sen. Diane Allen talks about women’s equality legislation with Republican legislative candidates Sam Fiocchi, Kristine Gabor, and Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, as well as Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande. Sen. Diane Allen talks about women’s equality legislation with Republican legislative candidates Sam Fiocchi, Kristine Gabor, and Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, as well as Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande.

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Rape shield laws, concessions for working mothers, and sales tax-free breast reconstructive surgery may sound like ideas from the left side of the aisle.

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