92.7 WOBM News Flash Briefing: November 7
Teeming rain does nothing to boost hopes for a more-than-lackluster turnout for New Jersey's gubernatorial election. Polling places stay open until 8 PM. In addition to the state's top position and all legislative seats, there are Freeholder races in Monmouth and Ocean, and municipal contests in 14 Ocean County communities, and 34 in Monmouth.
Rain is sufficient enough for the National Weather Service to extend the coastal flood advisory until Wednesday, 4 PM, from Little Egg to Manasquan Inlets, covering the next two ocean and back bay high tides.
Among the most closely-watched state legislative races is District 11, where incumbent Republican Jennifer Beck has a challenge from former Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal, and Republicans Tom Giaimo and Mariel Didato try to unseat incumbent Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and JoAnn Downey.
In Ocean County, one Freeholder seat held by Republican Joe Vicari is a three-way contest, with former Lacey Township Committeewoman Helen De La Cruz on the Democratic line and Democrat Barry Bendar of Lacey running independently.
A road rage flareup in Brick Township ends with one adversary run over and in serious condition, and the other driving away. Police are looking for a black, older-model Volvo, with New Jersey plates and, likely, windshield and side mirror damage.
A new phase of repurposing the former Fort Monmouth begins, as the agency guiding the transformation opens bidding for the Pulse Power building in Tinton Falls, either through conversion or demolition.
The desecration of a synagogue in Evesham is under heavy scrutiny today. Vandals scaled Congregation Beth Tikvah Friday night, destroyed roof shingles, and scrawled homophobic and ethnic slurs across the skylights.