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Morristown Area Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting the area and Morris County.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race. Bookmark this page for updates.

Voting Info

  • Sample Ballot: To see your sample ballot and find information about candidates, go to this website.
  • Polling locations: Click here for polling locations in Morris Township and Morris Plains; click here for polling locations in Morristown.

Races

  • Morris Township Committee: A pair of Republican incumbents seek to keep their seats on the Morris Township Committee as they are challenged by two Democrats. For the GOP, the slate includes incumbent committeemen Bruce Sisler and H. Scott Rosenbush. The Democrats are represented by Judy Stein and Ron Goldberg, who previously sat on the committee from 2008 through 2010.
  • Morris Plains Council: Two Republican incumbents, Laurie Fu and Joseph Cecala Jr., are running unopposed.
  • Morris County Freeholders: Three regular-term seats are up for election, with Democrats Wasim Kahn, Toshiba Foster (Morristown) and Joy Singh taking on GOP candidates John Cesaro, John Krickus and David Scapicchio. Republican Hank Lyon will face Democrat Truscha Quatrone for an unexpired term.
  • 26th District New Jersey Assembly (Morris Plains): Republican Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce, who is currently filling the unexpired term husband of her late husband Alex DeCroce, who died in January, will face Democrat Joseph Raich, of Parsippany, to fill the second year of the term.
  • 11th Congressional District: Longtime Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, who also had no opponents in the primary. 
  • U.S. Senate: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D), the junior United States Senator from New Jersey who was first appointed in 2006 to fill Jon Corzine's seat, takes on Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos, who easily defeated three opponents in the primary.
  • U.S. President: President Barack Obama will presumptively face former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a campaign that has already focused heavily on the economy and job growth.

Stay with Patch all day as we update this article with news and information from the polls and live election results after 9 p.m.

Breaking Down the Election

  • While a lower than usual turnout was expected because of impacts from the hurricane, that appeared not to be the case in the Morristown area as of noon Tuesday.
  • A lower than usual turnout is expected due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Who might benefit if that's the case? New Jersey insiders say Romney.
  • What does history say about how the Garden State and how it will vote? If the last five elections are any indication, the incumbent president will come out on top.
Rob Burke November 06, 2012 at 10:10 AM
Regardless of whether you are satisfied with the storm response from the incumbent Committeemen, I rather doubt you are ok with Bruce Sisler's after midnight threatening calls to a resident. Sisler's calls were made during the pendency of the Honeywell Corporate Welfare Rezoning, and these despicable calls were made to a critic of the rezoning who also criticized Sisler's conflicts of interest. You can listen to the audio here: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=mJonhJc8ArA Sisler tells your neighbor he looks like a jackass. Sisler curses, frustrated that his conflict of interest is suddenly under scrutiny. If you care about American values, you shouldn't vote for Sisler. If you care about proper decorum from your anointed leadership, you cannot vote for Sisler. Nor can you vote for Rosenbush. Rather than condemning Sisler's clearly unacceptable malfeasance, Rosenbush has embraced his embarrassed running mate. Evidently closing ranks is more important to this good old boy network than honoring the public trust they are charged with defending. Vote.
Donna Lohmeyer November 06, 2012 at 12:51 PM
If anyone is displaced by the storm and cannot get to their own town to vote, Morris County will permit voting by email or fax, according to a story on NJ.com. They say you need to ask for the ballot before 5PM today and cast it by 8PM tonight. see http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2012/11/morris_clerks_site_wrong_about.html
PositiveinMT November 06, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Our family will vote for Sisler and Rosenbush - leadership that we can count on! No amount of negative campaigning will change the fact that Sisler and Rosenbush have worked tirelessly for our community. Smaller more efficient government; a transparent communication process; connection to the community and, most important, positive and decent men. Perfect men? No, but perfection is for the divine. Sisler and Rosenbush deserve our support - join me in voting Republican today! Remember our town and vote all the way down! President Obama and the Democrat candidates are wrong for our country and the Corzine Democrat challengers in Morris Township are wrong for our community. Delay Honeywell? Create more unions? Destroy private and public sector jobs? Increase our taxes? No thank you! Vote Sisler & Rosenbush!
Rob Burke November 06, 2012 at 02:06 PM
President Obama? Seriously, Mr. Rosenbush, that's really out there. Your support of Sisler is as despicable as his illegal, reprehensible behavior. As his runningmate, you should be demanding that he behave himself. Instead, you defend his midnight threats. Guess what? In the last 24 hours another 100 people listened to the audio of his drunken harassment. That brings us well over 1000. I'm guessing they have their own opinion. Go drink some tea, Scott.
PositiveinMT November 06, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Again, our family will vote for Sisler and Rosenbush - leadership that we can count on! No amount of negative campaigning will change the fact that Sisler and Rosenbush have worked tirelessly for our community. Smaller more efficient government; a transparent communication process; connection to the community and, most important, positive and decent men. Perfect men? No, but perfection is for the divine. Sisler and Rosenbush deserve our support - join me in voting Republican today! Remember our town and vote all the way down! President Obama and the Democrat candidates are wrong for our country and the Corzine Democrat challengers in Morris Township are wrong for our community. Delay Honeywell? Create more unions? Destroy private and public sector jobs? Increase our taxes? No thank you! Vote Sisler & Rosenbush!
Rob Burke November 06, 2012 at 02:17 PM
And careful out there people. If you let anyone know you didn't vote for Sisler, he well may call you at home in the middle of the night, cursing at you, calling you a jackass, and threatening you.
Lewis Morris November 06, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Sisler and Rosenbush are running on the Honeywell ticket.
Terry November 06, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Is Rosenbush still a sneaky, sniggering grab-ass, or has he gotten a new hobby?
Rob Burke November 06, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Odd. I thought Tea Party Rosenbush would be against Corporate Welfare mixed with a healthy shot of citizen abuse by an elected official. Guess not...
Rob Burke November 06, 2012 at 02:42 PM
@Nancy: Can you say more? You've certainly piqued my curiosity...
PositiveinMT November 06, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I'm voting for Sisler and Rosenbush - common sense fiscal accountability and a commitment to our community. That's who I'm going with! No more Chicago-style negative campaigning, I'm going with trusted leadership and I hope you will join me! Vote Romney, Kyrillos, Frelinghuysen, Cesaro, Krickus, Scapicchio, Lyon ,Rosenbush & Sisler
Rob Burke November 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
What on earth are you blathering about? I have spoken to a couple of hundred Township voters who are not and have never been card carrying members of the democratic party. Without exception, as they learn about Sisler's despicable illegal behavior, they shudder -- and then they declare they are going to split the ticket. Maybe, maybe not. I won't be surprised if Sisler's thuggery is rewarded by party loyalists. But that won't change the outcome on Sisler's character & judgment. Bottom line: His judgment is horrible and his character is despicable.
PositiveinMT November 06, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Republican leadership that makes sense - Rosenbush and Sisler have demonstrated a true commitment to our Township. No sniping or negativity, just bold leadership that is not afraid to stand up for common sense fiscal responsibility and the entire the Morris Township community. I'm voting for Sisler and Rosenbush and I hope you will too!
Rob Burke November 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Yeah, no sniping or negativity...unless you're Sisler AND YOU GET CAUGHT ON TAPE THREATENING A RESIDENT! The truth hurts, eh Bruce? You must be embarassed? Is Bucco gonna can you?
PositiveinMT November 06, 2012 at 05:06 PM
We need to be sure we have competent and committed leadership to move our Township in the right direction. Lower taxes, more jobs and courage to stand up and face the special interests. That's why Republicans Sisler and Rosenbush deserve my vote! Join me in voting for Sisler and Rosenbush - the Right Choice for Morris Township!
Rob Burke November 06, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Yeah -- as long as your number is unlisted. Otherwise, BEWARE. BULLY SISLER WILL CALL YOU AT 1 AM TO THREATEN YOU IF YOU DARE CRITICIZE HIM OR THE TOWN COMMITTEE. A Vote for Sisler is a Vote for Thuggery. Teach your children you know the difference and withhold your vote from Sisler, the fool who actually got caught on tape.
PositiveinMT November 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Republican leadership has helped to create one of the nicest communities in Morris County. Sisler and Rosenbush has consistently proven their dedication to our fine community! Join me in voting for Bruce Sisler and Scott Rosenbush today! A vote that is good and right for our community; one that is positive and directed toward constructive progress! Democrats will work to spread misinformation and hyperbole - we know all about these Chicago-style shenanigans...total malarkey! Rise above with me and vote Sisler and Rosenbush today! Vote Sisler and Rosenbush - Republican leadership in Morris Township!
AJ November 06, 2012 at 05:57 PM
PositiveinMT..pls stop..its a nice community because of the people, not because of the leadership...give it a rest!
PositiveinMT November 06, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Romney, Sisler and Rosenbush have stood up to the Democrat machine bent on expanding government, controlling the private sector and telling the people "what is best for" them. Let's take back our county and retain strong, committed leadership in Morris Township. Vote Republican - vote to keep Morris Township on solid financial footing! Join me in voting for Romney for President and Sisler and Rosenbush for Township Committee!
Rob Burke November 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Yeah? Did Romney make threatening phone calls in the middle of the night like Sisler did? Yeah, go with that.
Rob Burke November 06, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Except its not nice that Sisler made threatening calls to a resident in the middle of the night because the resident criticized Sisler's conflict of interest. Bad enough Sisler awakened the resident's family at 1 am, but then he is stupid enough to get caught on tape cursing, name calling and behaving downright inappropriately. Yeah, vote for Sisler. Just change your phone number so he can't do to you what he did to your neighbor.
Moreformorristown November 06, 2012 at 07:32 PM
It's time to make the right choice. The Republican Party is the party of financial responsibility. Support the Republican ticket our area: Romney for President and Sisler and Rosenbush for Township Committee.

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