With Election 2017 won, Governor-elect Phil Murphy vows to rebuild New Jersey "from the bottom up, from the middle out," and ensure that "those at the top do their fair share." Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, in conceding the election, vowed to keep fighting for an affordable New Jersey.

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy speaks at an election night rally in Asbury Park
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy speaks at an election night rally in Asbury Park (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

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'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.

The driver suspected of hitting a man with his car during a Tuesday road-rage encounter in Brick Township is found in Lanoka Harbor. Police said that Michael O'Hare is also wanted in Bloomfield. He was briefly jailed in Toms River after being booked.

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.

The grandiose overhaul of Parkway Exit 109 in Middletown becomes much more modest, after tweaking by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Instead of rebulding the bridges over Newman Springs Road, the project is down to elimination of a jughandle and a ramp widening.

Have a coat you no longer wear? Lakewood police and high-schoolers are collecting them, to distribute to the needy, December 8 in the Town Square. Donations are being taken at police headquarters.

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