GOP Incumbents Sweep Ocean County Races

Little, Bartlett, Polhemus cruise to re-election

Republican incumbents coasted to re-election Tuesday night, preserving the GOP's control of the freeholder board and sheriff's office.

Voters re-elected longtime GOP freeholders Gerry Little and John C. Bartlett Jr. and Sheriff William L. Polhemus by wide margins, with 99 percent of votes reported at 11:30 p.m.

Unofficially, Little and Bartlett captured 111,630 votes and 117,495 votes, respectively, far exceeding the totals recorded for Democratic candidates Joseph Grisanti (74,261) and Pat Barndt (71,738). Independent challengers Scott Newman and Tracy Caprioni each struggled to capture 1 percent of votes cast, with 3,510 and 3,828 votes, respectively.

Polhemus will enter his 28th year in office in 2013 after garnering nearly 56 percent of the vote for sheriff with 110,450 votes. Democratic challenger George "Bob" Armstrong garnered 82,031 votes cast, and Independent John McMenamin received less than 3 percent, with 5,140 votes.

With Little and Bartlett’s re-election, the five-member freeholder board remains stable for the 10th straight year.

Little will be entering his 10th year on the Ocean freeholder board after long experience in government, including a council stint in Surf City and tenure on the Long Beach Township Board of Commissioners. He served as director of the board in 2006 and deputy in 2011 and 2009.

Little also served as chief of staff for the 9th Legislative District from 1984 until his retirement in 2003. Little, a former Marine, also served on the Ocean County Planning Board and county Natural Lands Trust Fund Advisory Council. As a freeholder, Little has chaired Human Services and worked as the liaison to departments including Veterans Services, Social Services and more.

Bartlett, the chairman of the Departments of Finance and Parks and Recreation, is a former Pine Beach mayor and councilman as well as an ex-teacher at Toms River High School North. He served as director of the freeholder board five times previously and was deputy director twice.

He will enter his 34th year in office.

Provisional ballots are still outstanding and must be counted before the Ocean County Clerk's Office certifies the results.


Freeholder Race

Republican Results Democrat Results Independent Results Gerry Little 111,630 Joseph Grisanti 74,261 Scott Newman 3,510 John Bartlett 117,495 Patricia Barndt 71,738 Tracy Caprioni 3,828

Sheriff's Race

Republican Results Democrat Results Independent Results William C. Polhemus 110,450 George 'Bob' Armstrong 82,031 John McMenamin 5,140

General Election

Race Democrat Results Republican Results U.S. President Barack Obama 88,688 Mitt Romney 126,328 U.S. Senate Robert Menendez 86,199 Joe Kyrillos 113,881

Public Question Results

Question Yes No Question No. 1: Building Our Future Bond Act 85,232 75,280 Question No. 2: Constitutional Amendment Allowing Contributions to Be Taken From Justices' and Judges' Salaries for Their Employee Benefits 136,788 23,776
GB Shore November 07, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Bob H, with all due respect....you CANNOT possible tell me that Ibama, Pelosi, Reid etc. are center right...that is just worng. cneter was Clinton....Obama is center right? that is simple an incredibly worng statement...maybe you want to believe that but you are not honest with yourself. To the right of Lincoln? Here is a quote by Lincoln and you tell me Obama is right of him: "You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves." Let's not try to re-write history Bob H.
Washed ashore November 07, 2012 at 06:43 PM
A dead man elected HA! Better than a dumb donkey like Obama! Thank God OCEAN COUNTY voters have brains. G O P!!!!!
lisa November 07, 2012 at 09:45 PM
was at a dinner once with polhemus sitting at our table. he practically had to be fed and that was ten years ago..lol
Mac November 07, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Yes, President Eisenhower was a real Republican. And in between heart attacks, he played more golf than President Obama could even dream about playing in 8 years. Under Ike’s leadership, we won WWII and rebuild America to be a successful and thriving world leader.
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