Light turnout expected in low-drama NJ primary

A U.S. Senate seat tops the ballot this time around.

David Madden
June 05, 2018 - 8:01 am

Xinhua/Sipa USA

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(KYW Newsradio) — Tuesday is Primary Election Day in New Jersey, and a U.S. Senate seat tops the ballot this time around. Polls opened at 6 a.m. Turnout is expected to be light, as voters select candidates for the fall election.

There is not much drama, for the most part. There are four Republicans and four Democrats seeking to replace retiring Jersey Shore Congressman Frank LoBiondo. Two opponents want to unseat Democratic incumbent Don Norcross in Camden County, a lone Republican running there. Further north, there is no opposition for either incumbent Republican Tom MacArthur or Democrat and former diplomat Andy Kim.

Statewide, Republican Bob Hugin, a retired pharmaceutical executive using his own money in an attempt to replace incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez. Both men face token opposition today. 

On the county level, there are two freeholder seats in Burlington and Gloucester counties, with two candidates for each party. Camden County offers three Republicans and 14 Democrats for three nominations.