The polls are open in NJ, but few incumbents face serious primary challenges

     The polls in New Jersey are officially open, and they’ll stay that way ’til 8 p.m.  

    Voters will decide contested races for one-fourth of the 40 Senate seats and in 16 of 40 Assembly districts.

    Few incumbents face serious primary challenges, though.

    A few who are:

    Two Democrats at the heart of the party’s power base and a Republican senator who’s been in office for 13 years.

    Democratic Sen. Ray Lesniak and Assembly members Joe Cryan and Annette Quijano are being challenged in the 20th Legislative District by a slate of candidates associated with the Elizabeth Board of Education.

    The rival slate had its campaign funds partly frozen after questions arose about reporting of donations. But the candidates have been allowed access to the money as the race winds down.

    Elsewhere, veteran Republican Sen. Anthony Bucco faces a primary challenge from a Morris County freeholder.

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