Maybe it was the age-old Republican versus Democrat fight.
Maybe it was strong campaigning in a short period of time. Maybe voters just
wanted to be heard.
Either way, Washington Township residents hit the polls at a high rate Wednesday to cast their vote for Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker or former Bogota mayor and Republican Steve Lonegan. Both were vying for an open U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the passing of Frank Lautenberg earlier this year.
Lonegan received 2,687 votes in Washington Township, while Booker received 1,445 tallies. Of the six other candidates on the ballot and a write-in slot, just 32 votes were split among the rest.
What stands out, however, is that 31.36-percent of registered Washington Township voters hit the polls Wednesday in the unprecedented Special Election – a far cry from the apathetic 8.28-percent showing for the same election’s primary vote in August.
Washington Township has 13,278 registered voters.
Did you vote? Do you believe the Special Election was worth the funds used or should it have been coupled with the November General Election less than three weeks away?