ELECTION: Ducey wins reelection as mayor in Brick; Gov. Murphy barely leads Ciattarelli

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Brick Township Mayor John G. Ducey, a Democrat, easily won reelection Tuesday, defeating Republican Theresa Gallagher, 16,845 to 9,857. But Republicans easily took one of three borough council seats on the ballot and led by five votes for a second.

Republican Perry Albanese outpolled all five other candidates, with 13,312 votes to 12,609 for top Democratic council vote-getter Marianna Pontoriero, an incumbent. But Republican Mary Buckley trailed her by a mere five votes, with 12,604, which put her third in the race for three seats, with a five-vote lead over incumbent Democrat Heather deJong, who had 12,599.

Republican Ernest C. Arians and Democrat Derrick T. Ambrosino followed, with 12,480 and 12,333 votes respectively.

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In Point Pleasant Borough, Republicans Antoinette DePaola [5,415 votes] and William Borowsky [5,433] easily defeated Democrats Wayne Martiak [2,195] and Derek Reichenbecher [2,137]. Republican Valerie Coulsen was unopposed for the remaining two years of a vacated three-year term.

In Point Pleasant Beach, Republicans Rosa Crowley [1,269 votes] and Michael Ramos [1,220] were elected, unseating independent incumbent Andy Cortes [725] who had been dropped from the GOP ticket. 

Statewide, Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, held a tiny lead over Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, as vote counting continued.

Mr. Ciattarelli received a big lift from Ocean County, where he led Mr. Murphy, 141,482 to 65,176.

See Full Ocean County results here

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