LIVE: Save Jersey in Asbury Park

LIVE: Save Jersey in Asbury Park

ELECTION NIGHT 2013: Live Blog Coverage of the Christie Victory Party at Convention Hall

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


UPDATED 11:46 p.m.

Incumbent Tim Eustace (D) is trailing challenger Joe Scarpa (R) by 171 votes. It could mean a net +2 GOP Assembly pick up statewide. Let’s hope it withstands a challenge!

UPDATED 11:16 p.m.

Here’s the Governor’s victory speech in case you missed it:


Update 11:05 p.m.

Right now, the GOP is still waiting on LD38 which is close… it’s possible the party might net 3 Assembly seats and end up with a Senate goose egg when dawn breaks over the Garden State…


Update 10:23 p.m.

Fiocchi wins in LD1, Save Jerseyans!!! It’s the first GOP legislative pick up of the night… Albano loses… developing!!!

Update 9:53 p.m.

Very interesting, folks…

Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt has conceded in LD1 to Jeff Van Drew but her running mates for the Assembly are very much still in the hunt with 45% reporting; “Arrogant” Nelson Albano is running in 4th place… stay tuned… waiting on Ocean City numbers…

Americans for Prosperity state director Daryn Iwicki laments the passage of Ballot Question #2: “Worst of all, what’s been done cannot be undone so easily. New Jerseyans will now have to suffer the consequences of their choice for the foreseeable future. And that’s bad news for all of us.”

Update 9:47 p.m.

Yup. Pretty much.

Convention Hall

Update 9:37 p.m.

One of tonight’s more concerning developments for Republicans: with 78% reporting, incumbent Asm. John Amodeo (R) is trailing challenger Vincent Mazzeo (D) in LD2. Mazzeo is actually up on top right now with the GOP in the 2nd and 3rd positions… nerve-racking, but with 98% now in, Amodeo is up by a little under 300 votes…

Update 9:32 p.m.

With 321/342 of precincts reporting, Chris Christie is winning Camden County by better than 13,000 votes. Yes, you read that correctly.

Update 9:20 p.m.

Republican – yes, Republican – Guardian wins in Atlantic City mayoral race…

Update 9:11 p.m.

Middlesex News… David Stahl (R) won South Plainfield in his LD18 race; Barbara Buono lost her own town by 100 votes…

Update 9:08 p.m.

Lee Holtzman (R) loses to Dick Codey (D) in LD27… the margin appears sizable…

Update 8:53 p.m.

Unfortunately, our friend Sean Di Somma came up short tonight in the Red Bank council race…

Update 8:47 p.m.

Check out the Christie Cake:

Christie cake icon

harrison mayor

Update 8:41 p.m.

Buono (BWOH’-noh) is conceding as we speak. Nasty woman but a snappy dresser. Hecklers, too. Some folks can’t catch a break!

Update 8:33 p.m.

Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno are at 40.53% in Essex County with 2.73% reporting, Save Jerseyans. Newark usually comes in last, however, We’ll see if that margin holds, but if it does hold, it’s exactly where the Christie folks wanted to be tonight…

Update 8:21 p.m.

Art Gallagher reports that Chris Christie won VBM in Monmouth by a 2-to-1 margin… PolitickerNJ reports that it’s a 78% victory for VBM in Ocean…

Update – 8:17 p.m.

Now the AP has called it, too.

It’s important to note that these aren’t calls based on ACTUAL results but exit polls/canvasses at polling stations.

Update – 8:00 p.m.

Christie declared winner by national pool of reporters based on precinct survey… developing…

According to CNN’s exit polls, Governor Christie won 56% of female voters, 45% of Hispanic voters, and a relatively high (sad as it is to say) 21% of black voters.

Update- 7:48 p.m. 

I’ve covered many political events in my day as a reporter at WPVI in Philadelphia… including the Rep. National Convention last August in Tampa for Save Jersey.

All of us from national press, NBC, ABC, KYW News Radio, AP are stunned that we are relegated to a tiny paint peeling wall room with poor cell phone reception no mult boxes no access to the floor that means.

No interviews until 9 o’clock . The hardest part is that CNN evidently has rights to pool, that means we are forced to watch Wolf Blitzer all night long…ugh!

 Update- 7:38 p.m. 


Hearing plenty of conjecture.

Something interesting… I’m hearing from a reliable source that Steve Sweeney lost VBM to Niki Trunk by roughly 4,500 to 2,500 in Gloucester County… hmmm… 

Update – 5:05 p.m.

Questions abound: what will Governor Chris Christie‘s victory margin look like? Will he carry any GOP legislative challengers across the finish line with him? Who else will the hapless, clueless and habitually-pissed off Barbara Buono (BWOH’-noh) blame in her concession speech?

Early anecdotal turnout reports look positive for Republicans. But is it in the right places?

We’ll find out beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST.

asbury park christie victory party

A significant portion of the Save Jersey team including Brian McGovernNicole Sanders, Susanne LaFrankie and our special guest/alumnus, CRNC Chairwoman Alex Smithis here with me at the beautiful Berkeley Hotel, the location of most New Jersey Republican war rooms situated just across the street from Asbury Park’s historic Convention Hall where Chris Christie’s victory celebration will kick off at 7-ish.

Stay tuned all night long for updates, interviews and analysis from the center of America’s political universe for the next several hours…

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