Incumbents Win Easily in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD -
Two Jewish voters converse with each other outside of a polling location at in Clifton, NJ, on Tuesday. (Amy Newman/The Record via AP)
Two Jewish voters converse with each other outside of a polling location at in Clifton, NJ, on Tuesday. (Amy Newman/The Record via AP)

In a race with few surprises, incumbents retained their places on the Lakewood Township Committee, as well as in the State Assembly. The school board saw some shifts.

Deputy Mayor Menashe Miller and Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein both won reelection over challengers Michael Berman and Marta Harrison by very large margins.

Republican Assembly incumbents Sean Kean and David Rible were also reelected, though throughout the state Democrats were overwhelmingly victorious in Assembly races. Scott Colabella, Ocean County clerk, and incumbent Freeholders John C. Bartlett and Gerry P. Little were also victorious.

David Jacobovitch, Hillel Brull and Heriberto Rodriguez won the three open seats for Lakewood’s school board. Tracy Tift, who had served for several years, was unseated.

“We are very pleased with the results. It’s going to make the board much more unified,” board member Isaac Zlatkin told Hamodia. “Right now we are exhausted internally and are working on getting more money from the state.”

Zlatkin said that all present board members were in agreement that additional funds from the state are the only way to balance the town’s budget, a position that state monitor Michael Azzara supports as well.

“We are very comfortable with the incumbents. The needs of a fast-growing community continue to go up further and further,” Binyomin Heineman of the Lakewood Vaad told Hamodia. “Housing, taxes and busing continue to be a struggle and, with the right people, hopefully we can tackle them one at a time. We’re hoping to work with the state to come up with real solutions.”