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NJ to send woman to Congress; Booker to face Bell

Local News | Jun 04, 2014

NJ to send woman to Congress; Booker to face Bell

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey primary voters have assured that the state will have a female representative in Congress for the first time in a dozen years by handing victories to two women running in 12th District party primaries.

Voters also have chosen a retired policy consultant to run against U.S. Sen. Cory Booker in a race the Democrat is heavily favored to win.

In the 12th district, state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman won a four-way Democratic primary Tuesday to succeed Rep. Rush Holt, who is retiring.

She will face physician Alieta Eck in this reliably Democratic district stretching from Trenton to Plainfield.

Former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur defeated perennial candidate Steve Lonegan in the 3rd District Republican primary.

The wealthy, self-funded MacArthur will face Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard in November.