With 96 percent of all precincts reporting late Tuesday night, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker coasted to a 14-percentage point victory over Republican challenger Jeff Bell.The win earns the former Newark mayor his first full six-year term in the Senate. Last year, he defeated former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan to fill the vacant seat left by the death of longtime Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
Republicans earned double-digit victories in two of the most watched congressional races in the state as former Randolph mayor Tom MacArthur defeated Burlington County freeholder Aimee Belgard in District 3 and incumbent Scott Garrett held off businessman Roy Cho in District 5.
Other unofficial Election Day results:
District 1: Democrat Donald Norcross defeated Republican Gary Cobb, 57 percent to 40 percent.
District 2: Republican incumbent Frank LoBiondo bested Democratic challenger Bill Hughes, Jr., 62 percent to 37 percent.
District 4: Republican incumbent Chris Smith easily beat Democrat Ruben Scolavino, 69 percent to 30 percent.
District 6: Democratic incumbent Frank Pallone defeated Republican challenger Anthony Wilkinson, 62 percent to 37 percent.
District 7: Republican incumbent Leonard Lance bested Democratic challenger Janice Kovach, 59 percent to 39 percent.
District 8: Democrat incumbent Albio Sires beat Republican Jude Tiscornia, 77 percent to 19 percent.
District 9: Democrat incumbent Bill Pascrell defeated Republican Dierdre Paul, 68 percent to 30 percent.
District 10: Democrat incumbent Donald Payne, Jr. handily beat Republican challenger Yolanda Dentley, 85 percent to 13 percent.
District 11: Republican incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen bested Democrat Mark Dunec, 63 percent to 37 percent.
District 12: Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman defeated Republican Alieta Eck, 61 percent to 37 percent.
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