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Primary Election Roundup of Select New Jersey Races 2024

While both President Biden and Donald Trump won their party’s nomination, The Jewish Link watched races of particular interest to the safety and security of the Jewish community.

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) won the right to represent his party again in his 15th congressional race, handily defeating a primary fight with Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah, who accused Pascrell of “turning his back” on the district’s Muslim community. Pascrell will face, for the third time, Republican Billy Prempeh in November.

Rep. Anthony Kim (D-NJ) won the Democratic primary to replace Sen. Bob Mendenez, and will face Republican Curtis Bashaw in November. Conservative Bashaw defeated primary opponent and Mendham Mayor Christina Serrano-Glassner, who had been endorsed by Donald Trump.

In Bergen County, Sheriff Anthony Cureton, a longtime advocate for Jewish communal safety, handily won reelection against Robert Kluger. Steven A. Tanelli and Tracy Silna Zur were reelected as Bergen County Commissioners.

In Englewood, Mayor Michael Wildes was reelected with no opposition. Dan Tokayer pulled off an upset for Englewood Council, set to replace Councilman Charles Cobb, who has served as council president the last two years, and has been criticized for inaction against antisemitic harassment of council members.

In Teaneck, the Teaneck Democratic Municipal Committee created an upset by flipping 18 seats to new candidates, many of whom were endorsed by the Bergen County Jewish Action Committee. It was noted that 1599 residents from Teaneck took advantage of early voting in the election. At press time, a full list of municipal committee members was pending announcement.

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