On the Senate race

Frank Lautenberg becomes the first U.S. Senator from New Jersey to win a fifth term, but didn't set any records for winning percentages. His 56% against former U.S. Rep. Richard Zimmer was his career best, but he didn't approach the 60% mark that Bill Bradley, Clifford Case and Harrison Williams had achieved back in a time when the state was more politically competitive. Still, the 84-year-old Democrat is secure for the next six years, and did not have to sweat much after pushing back a primary challenge from U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews.

Zimmer had trouble raising money, but his 42% was respectable, considering the national political environment. And he broke a record: the most votes cast for a Republican statewide candidate in New Jersey history — topping Bob Franks' total votes in the 2000 Senate campaign by 360.

If Lautenberg doesn't run again in 2014, look for U.S. Rep.-elect John Adler to seek the U.S. Senate seat.

"New Jersey hasn’t heard the last of Brian Goldberg. Or maybe New Jersey will be hearing about him for the first time."
—NJ Media Advance for NJ.com's "The Auditor," on the Essex Republican's new PAC