Today is Election Day but it should be a rather uneventful one in Secaucus, which has only one Town Council seat that is being challenged.
Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli is running for his third consecutive term but is unopposed. Councilmen John Gerbasio, Mark Dehnert and William McKeever are also running unopposed in the First, Second and Third Wards, respectively.
First Ward Councilman Robert Costantino is opposed by newcomer Steven Kilawattie. A little intrigue was added to the race last week, when Costantino was cited for lying to police after what appears to be a minor traffic accident.
There are also three available spots on The Board of Education and voters will be choosing among six candidates : Kathleen McFarlane, Tom Troyer, Ruby Pantoliano, Lance Bartletta, Georgios Tsirogiannis and Enrico Bolognino.
Of course, there are bigger decisions looming further up the ballot as New Jersey will be choosing between Democrat Phil Muprhy or Republican Kim Guadagno to succeed Chris Christie as governor of the state. Polls indicate that Murphy has a sizable lead over Guadagno, who may have struggled to separate herself from Christie after serving as Lieutenant Governor since 2010.
In the State legislature, Democratic incumbent Nicholas Sacco is running against Republican challenger Paul Castelli in the Senate. Secaucus voters will be choosing two Assemblymen among a group that includes incumbents Vincent Prieto and Angelica Jimenez – both Democrats – and Republicans Ann Corletta and Bartholomew Talamini.
Democrat Junior Maldonado and Republican Blake Lichtenberger are up for Hudson County Clerk. Incumbents Anthony Vainieri, Jr. and Albert Cifelli are running unopposed as Freeholders in District 8 and 9, respectively