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Election not that 'Special' in Terms of Turnout; Booker Wins Boro by 14 Votes; Township Favored Lonegan

Ed Barmakian

Friday, October 18, 2013 • 7:20pm

CHATHAM, NJ - The Special Election held Wednesday, Oct. 16, to elect a new U.S. Senator from New Jersey wasn't that "Special" when it came to turnout in the Chathams.

Only 28 percent of Chatham Borough residents bothered to vote while 30 percent went to the polls in Chatham Township. Newark Mayor Cory Booker won the Garden State's vacant senate seat by double digits.

In the borough, there were 1,735 votes cast. Democrat Booker received 869 votes, 14 more than his Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, who received 855.

In the township, Lonegan received 1,340 votes, compared to Booker, who wound up with 1002.

Overall, the Chathams cast a total of  2,195 votes for Lonegan and 1,871 for Booker.

According to the Morris County Clerk's website, there are 6,037 registered voters in the borough and 7,738 in the township.

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