NJ Spotlight: Today's Voter Guide!

NJ Spotlight's interactive guide puts 18 races and 61 contests at your fingertips.

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.

With just a week to go, we present NJ Spotlight's 2012 Voter Guide, where voters can learn more about the candidates for U.S. Senate and Congress and their positions on key issues. The guide, however, does not cover contests for local municipal government seats.

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.

Continue reading on NJSpotlight.com.

—Patch Union County Associate Regional Editor Mary Mann contributed to this report.

BART FRAENKEL June 05, 2012 at 03:29 PM
In Springfield, if you want someone who will fight for you with issues like the current changes being considered with the Board of Health, then please vote for me today. The current TC is not acting fast enough to squash the mayor's terrible decision to disband the current health committee and change from the Westfield Board of Health.
Barney Oldfield June 05, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I voted for Nancy Malool in the Republican primary for Scotch Plains Mayor as a protest against control of the Republican committee by the obnoxious McClintock, Marty Marks and the other Marksists. DePaola will be dancing with Marks pulling the strings.
Shane Ronan June 06, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Mr. Fraenkel, Can you please share why you think changing the formation of the Board of Health is wrong, and also why moving from one regional Health Department to another is wrong? People keep saying they are outraged over these issues, but have never expressed why they were outraged. I have personally done significant research on this issue and feel both are the proper decisions for Springfield at this time. Shane Ronan
BART FRAENKEL June 06, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Congratulations to David Barnett and Margaret Bandrowski in winning the Democratic Primary. One thing the 3 of us agreed on was the importance of regaining a semblance of sanity on the TC by removing the followers of the mayor in November. I certainly hope that once elected they follow through with being an open and honest governing body and don't follow in the foot steps of the current majority or even the Democratic majority of old.
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