This past Tuesday was election day across the US.
Chris Smith has won the Republican nomination for Congress in NJ-4 ( Lakewood area) against podcaster Mike Crispi. He’ll face Democrat Matt Jenkins in the general election. Smith is seeking his 22nd term.
Toms River Askonim Booky Kaluszyner and Sam Ellenbogen won County Committee seats in Toms River
by a landslide.
Jackson Republican Ocean County Committee Chair Clara Glory and Jackson Council President Marty Flemming lost their seats to two Jackson residents Meir Tesser and Tzvi Bruckenstein. Another County Committee member, Todd Porter, lost his seat to Justin Flancbaum, a long timer member of the Lakewood Planning Board.
It should be noted that County Committees members do not have serious political power, however this is a clear indication of how the political spectrum will change in the near future.
Back in April Justin Flancbaum told Channel 6 that he resides at Galassi Court in Jackson Township. Now he won an election on a seat designated for a resident of Jackson despite him being a current member of the Lakewood Planning Board. This is due to the fact that the Mayor of Lakewood has a right to appoint a number of members on the boards regardless of their residency.