Both major parties' presidential nominees may be decided, but there are still a dozen high-profile battles around the state of New Jersey — including the crowded Republican U.S. Senate field — to draw voters to the polls on Tuesday, June 5.
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In half of New Jersey's newly constituted 12 congressional districts, there is a race to win the nomination of either the Democratic or Republican party. In three others, the 2nd in South Jersey and 5th and 9th in the north, both parties have contests.
In Union County, towns are divided between the 12th, 7th and 10th congressional districts.
In the 10th, which also covers portions of Essex and Hudson counties, the death in March of U.S. Rep. Donald Payne has left a vacancy. A crowded field of in the new congress. There is also a special election to replace Payne through the end of the current congress in early January. In Union County, the 10th congressional district includes portions of Union Township, Hillside, Linden, Rahway, Roselle, and Roselle Park.
In the 7th congressional district race, incumbent from fellow Republican David Larsen, while is sole Democrat running for the district seat. In Union County, the 7th congressional district encompasses Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit, Springfield, Mountainside, Cranford, Westfield, Garwood, Clark, Winfield, Kenilworth and parts of Union Township and Scotch Plains.
Neither party has a contested primary in the 12th district where incumbent Rush Holt, a Democrat, will face Republican Eric Beck in the fall. The 12th congressional district includes Fanwood, Plainfield and most of Scotch Plains in Union County.
—Patch Union County Associate Regional Editor Mary Mann contributed to this report.