Battle lines for November's elections run along the lines that most political analysts anticipated. Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno faces Democrat Phil Murphy for the Governor's seat. Murphy's background includes a lengthy career in the Goldman Sachs financial firm that also employed former Governor Jon Corzine. Guadagno's career highlights include a term as Monmouth County Sheriff.

Sunday delays on the southbound Garden State Parkway
Sunday delays on the southbound Garden State Parkway (NJ DOT)

In Ocean County, Guadagno swamped her competition. Murphy edged Assemblyman Jon Wisniewski by 353 votes. District 12 State Senator Sam Thompson prevailed over Republican opponent Art Haney, and his Assembly counterparts Ron Dancer and Rob Clifton outpointed Alex Robotin, Debbie Walker and John Franklin.

Ocean County Freeholder Director Joe Vicari fended off a challenge by Jenny Heinz. His November opponent is Helen Cruz. Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry and Holmdel Township Councilman Patrick Impreveduto carry the GOP banner in the fall against Margaret Donlon and Brian Wilton.

In Toms River, First Ward Councilwoman Maria Maruca retains her spot on the November ticket, defeating Justin Lamb. Brick's mayoral race sets incumbent Democrat John Ducey against Republican ex-police officer Domenick Brando. In Lakewood, the race for two committee seats is incumbent Democrat Ray Coles and Moshe Ratzik versus incumbent Republican Michael D'Elia and Michael Berman.
In Beachwood, Democrats Bonnie Verga and Helen Fitzsimmons won the ballot positions to oppose Borough Councilman Greg Feeney and Steven Komsa.

Colts Neck Republican Mayor Thomas Orgo prevails, but Township Council member Edward Eastman is supplanted by Michael Viola for the other open full-term ballot spot. Democrats logged 17 write-ins. In Roosevelt, Democrats Joseph Trammell and Maureen Parrott edged Alana Porter and Stacy Bonna for the right to seek two Borough Council seats.

Tomorrow, sections of the Garden State Parkway, Route 72, Route 195, the Atlantic City Expressway, and several more south Jersey highways will swarm with police and state Transportation Department workers. No, it won't be a bad-driver crackdown. They'll conduct a hurricane-evacuation drill, testing their ability to reverse shore-bound roads and point traffic inland. No roads will be closed, but they'll be colorful, with plenty of flashing lights, signs, and orange cones and barrels.

Two men on a bicycle - one on the handlebars - are lucky to be alive after being hit by a minivan in Manchester Tuesday night. Police said that neither Christopher Kenny of Manchester nor Nathaniel Rogers of Lakehurst wore any protective gear. Both were hurt when they were flung from the bike.

Ocean County gets $208,000 to fight litter, part of $20,200,000 in statewide grants issued by the New Jersey Clean Communities Council. The revenue is drawn from taxes paid by businesses categorized as producing litter-capable goods. Burlington County, Toms River, Berkeley, Brick and Middletown Townships also won sizable grants.

June is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. This Friday, test your brain balance at St. Andrew's in Tms River. Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus Nurse Melanie Vernacchia leads the free Brain Health Fair, 10 AM until 3 PM.

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