While Republican Steve Lonegan lost the Senate race
statewide to Democratic Cory Booker, he was able to squeak out a close victory
over voters in Nutley.
The former Mayor of Bergen County town Bogota garnered 13 more votes in Nutley than the Newark Mayor.
According to estimated returns provided by the Nutley township clerk, 2197 township voters came to the polls for Lonegan and 2184 came out for Booker.
Robert Depasquale, who ran under "No Amnesty Period" party came in third with 22 Nutley votes.
The Oct. 16 polling was the first ever for the state and was prompted by the death of Nutley native Senator Frank Lautenberg. In a controversial decision, Gov. Chris Christie chose to hold a special primary and general election solely for the U.S. Senate seat rather than waiting until the November general election when Christie will stand for re-election.