Election 2017: Cumberland County Results, Governor's Race, LoBiondo to Retire

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On Tuesday, New Jerseyans went to the polls to vote in state elections, choosing the next Governor and several other statewide positions.

Locally, several key races were also up for grabs.

Here are the "unofficial" election results from Cumberland County, per the County Clerk's website, which was updated regularly throughout the evening on Nov. 7th. The results still need to be verified. 

In Cumberland County, Sheriff Robert A. Austino retained his seat as the county's Sheriff, winning reelection over challenger Edwin Alicea with 58 percent of the vote.

In the election for the county's Board of Chosen Freeholders, board incumbent Carol Musso, as well as newcomers George Castellini and Jack Surrency won 18, 17 and 17 percent of the vote respectively.

As the top three vote getters, they will become part of the board when it kicks off its new legislative calendar.

Locally, there were several other municipal and school races up for grabs. Information about those races can be found here.

Democrat Phil Murphy won the race for Governor with 55 percent of the vote, beating current Lieutenant Governor and Republican Kim Guadagno.

In the race for the 1st Legislative District of the State Senate, Democratic incumbent Jeff Van Drew held his seat easily with 62 percent of the vote, beating Republican challenger Mary Gruccio. And in the 3rd Legislative District, Senate President Steve Sweeney retained his senate seat with 58 percent of the vote, taking down Republican challenger Fran Grenier.

Also of note, Frank LoBiondo announced he would not seek reelection after his current term is up. LoBiondo has served 12 terms in the House of Representatives, and is the representative of New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District in Washington D.C.

Many were surprised by the announcement, which not only means that another long-time Republican lawmaker is stepping down — ala Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, etc. — giving Democrats a better chance of taking control of the U.S. Congress and/or Senate in the coming years, but also that there could be some reshuffling in terms of political offices with regard to filling LoBiondo's empty seat.

LoBiondo sat down with SNJ Today for an in-depth interview this year where he discussed topics such as President Donald Trump, immigration, veterans affairs, and the South Jersey economy. Watch it here.

Additional reporting by Jeff Schwachter


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