Christie, Buono breeze to primary wins; races still contested in Warren, Hunterdon counties

Author: , WFMZ.com Reporter
Published: Jun 04 2013 10:24:44 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 04 2013 11:59:56 PM EDT
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Incumbent New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie will square off against Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono in November as he seeks a second term and she attempts an upset.

New Jersey voters gave both candidates comfortable wins in Tuesday's primary.

With 98 percent of the state's 6,338 precincts reporting, Christie swamped former Atlantic City councilman and Atlantic County freeholder Seth Grossman, garnering 199,896 votes (92 percent) to Grossman's 17,607 (8 percent).

With the same number of precincts reporting, Buono also overwhelmed her challenger, Troy Webster, an aide to East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser, tallying 166,798 votes (88 percent) to Webster's 22,434 (13 percent).

In Warren County, incumbent David P. Gallant and Washington Township police chief James J. McDonald Sr. are in a dead heat for the Republican nomination for county sheriff. With 88 of 89 precincts reporting, McDonald is ahead by just four votes, 3,536 to 3,532.

McDonald lost to Gallant in a primary three years ago. The winner of the primary race will be the new sheriff, because the Democrats did not field a candidate.

In the race for two Republican nominations to Lopatcong Council, Martin Swim and Donna Schneider and Martin Swim, with 448 and 415 votes, respectively, beat out James Palitto, who received 333 votes. Schneider and Swim will run against Democrats Maureen McCabe, an incumbent, and Thomas Richard Fischbach, who were unopposed.

In Hunterdon County, John Lanza and Suzanne Lagay defeated Thomas P. Borkowski and William G. Mennen for the two Republican nominations for freeholder. Lanza and Lagay tallied 4,432 and 4,197 votes, respectively, to 3,762 for Mennen and 3,568 for Borkowski.

Lanza and Lagay will face a fall election against Democrats Andrea Bonette and Robert Darmstadt, who were unopposed.