The finals vote totals have been counted from last week’s elections and Secaucus overwhelmingly went for Phil Murphy, who was elected as New Jersey’s next governor.
Murphy received 2,493 votes in Secaucus compared to only 1,474 for Republican Kim Guadagno, who fared better here than she did in any other Hudson County town.
Most local races were unchallenged with Mayor Michael Gonnelli getting re-elected with 3,523 votes. There were seven write-in votes for the mayorship.
First Ward Councilman Robert Costantino tallied 863 votes while his challenger Steven Kilawattie got only 206. Councilmen John Gerbasio, Mark Dehnert and William McKeever ran unopposed.
In the Board of Education election, Lance Bartletta led the pack with 1,606 votes, Ruby Pantoliano received 1,339 and Kathleen McFarlane got the last open spot with 1,186, narrowly edging Georgios Tsirogiannis, who had 1,018.
In the race for State Assembly, Vincent Prieto garnered 2,822 votes and fellow Democrat Angelica M. Jimenez got 2,282. Neither of their Republican challengers managed more than 1,000 votes.
For State Senate, Democrat Nicholas Sacco defeated Republican Paul Castelli by a wide margin, 2,434-1,024. For County Clerk, Republican Blake Lichtenberger for 3,282 votes in Secaucus but lost to Democrat E. Junior Maldonado, who got only 2,299 votes in town but ran away with the race.
Regarding the ballot questions, Secaucus voted overwhelmingly to fund the NJ Library Construction Bond Act (1,868 to 955) and chose to earmark environment settlement funds for environmental spending (1,930 to 704).