With no previous state political experience, but deep background as a political operative, Democrat Phil Murphy becomes New Jersey's Governor-elect with a landslide win over Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. Murphy vowed to bring the cost of living in the Garden State to affordability, to focus on women's issues and to champion alternative energy.

Ocean County remained Republican, incumbent, or both, with the exception in Toms River, the county seat, where Democrats broke a 15-year Republican hold on the Township Council with three ward victories on the seven-member panel.

Monmouth County Democratic Party Chairman Vin Gopal. (Vin Gopal)

Monmouth's Legislative District 11, a perennial red-versus-blue battleground, swung back to full Democratic leadership for the first time in more than a decade, as Keyport entrepeneur and former County Democratic Chair Vin Gopal defeats Senator Jennifer Beck.

Phillies fans, and sports fans in general, mourn the death of ex-pitcher Roy Halladay, whose plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday. Halladay spent his final four MLB seasons with the Phils after 12 years in Toronto with two Cy Young Awards to his credit. With Philadelphia, he tossed one of only two postseason no-hitters in MLB history.

No arrests have been completed in the repetitive desecration of a church in Monmouth Beach. Church of the Precious Blood has had graffiti, fecal matter and broken windows show up throughout October.

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