Marjorie and Howard Fox after voting in Little Silver, above. Barbara Crowton, below, voted at the United Methodist Church in Red Bank. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)
By SARAH KLEPNER
As Newark Mayor Cory Booker coasted to victory in Tuesday’s special primary voting for the open United States Senate seat from New Jersey, widespread electoral lethargy surrounding the occasion was also evident on the Green Tuesday.
A visit to four polling sites three in Red Bank and one in Little Silver over the course of two hours after the heavy rain stopped found fewer than 10 voters in all. Most were glad to share thoughts about Governor Chris Christie’s decision to hold an October election to replace late Senator Frank Lautenberg apart from the November general election, at a cost of $24 million.
At the Woman’s Club of Little Silver, Howard Fox and his daughter Marjorie Fox both had strong objections to the special election.
“I think it’s crazy,” said Marjorie. “I think they should’ve had one primary and one election for everybody.”
Also in Little Silver, Maria McGloin had no issue with the scheduling. “It’s fine with me,” she said.
Barbara Crowton, at the United Methodist Church in Red Bank, was generally critical.
Michael Kennedy, who voted at the Red Bank Senior Center, chose not to criticize the scheduling, instead emphasizing the importance of voting.