There was a lot of talk about the Blue Wave hitting the US in the 2018 midterm elections. Then there was a slight scare when the Republicans had their moment of glory during Kavanaugh’s confirmation for SCOTUS. The media started reporting that the Red Tide was on the rise and the left had better not get their hopes up for a massive victory in the midterms. Well folks, we are happy to report that the Blue Wave is alive and well, not just in the US, but right here in Jersey, including Hunterdon County.
On the National scene, New Jersey managed to retain our seat in the Senate by re-electing Senator Bob Menendez against big pharma CEO Bob Hugin. Menendez defeated Hugin in a 10 point lead, picking up most of his votes in Essex County. There was such outrage over Hugin’s history of exploiting cancer patients when he doubled the prices of Celgene’s lifesaving prescription drugs, where he personally profited to the tune of $100 million. Patients For Affordable Drugs Action led a campaign against Hugin spending $3.5 million to expose his greed and character (https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/patient-led-group-spends-3-5-million-stop-big-pharma-ceo-bob-hugin-becoming-new-jerseys-next-senator/)
The big celebration in Hunterdon County and throughout New Jersey Congressional District 7 was Tom Malinowski’s win over Leonard Lance who has held this seat since 2008. Lance, now in his fifth term, was once a moderate Republican but drifted steadily toward the right, alienating many voters. In a FiveThirtyEight report, Lance’s Trump Score was 87.1%, indicating how often Lance votes in line with Trump’s position. Malinowski brings a refreshing voice to the people of New Jersey. He ran on repealing and replacing the Republican tax bill, creating an affordable healthcare program, protecting the environment, having comprehensive immigration reform, investing in infrastructure and advancing women's rights. In addition to Malinowski, NJ picked up the following seats in the House – CD2 Jeff Van Drew, CD11 Mikie Sherrill and CD3 Andy Kim. New Jersey played a big hand in helping Flip the House.
Hunterdon County also celebrated several municipal wins including the election of 3 new female mayors. First time candidates, Julia Fahl and Michele Lee, were elected to serve as Mayor in Lambertville (Fahl) and High Bridge (Lee). Betsy Driver, who last year was a first time candidate winning a seat on Flemington Borough Council, went on to win her 2018 election as Flemington’s Mayor-Elect. In addition to Driver’s win, Chris Runion and Caitlin Giles-McCormick also unseated the Republican incumbents, turning the county seat BLUE! In Califon Charles Daniel ran unopposed and held onto his Mayoral seat. Daniel has been Califon’s mayor since 2011.
Other Democratic wins throughout Hunterdon County include:
Califon Boro Council – Leo Janas and Michael Medea
Califon Boro Counil UNEX – Cathy Smith
Clinton Town Common Council – Lisa Intrabartola
Clinton Town Common Council UNIX – Michael Humphrey
Frenchtown Boro Common Council – Tami Peterson
High Bridge Borough Council – Leigh Ann Moore
Stockton Boro Common Council 2 Year UNIX – Aaron Lipsen
Congratulations and thank you to all our candidates.