Frank LoBiondo

Democrats optimistic as midterm ballot is taking shape

New Jersey Democrats like what they see when they scan how the midterm election ballot is taking shape, even as Republicans welcomed a well-heeled contender to this year's Senate race.

Voters will be going to the polls in November to pick one of their U.S. senators and all 12 of their representatives. Former pharmaceutical executive and Chris Christie donor Bob Hugin launched his campaign to oust incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. Hugin's supporters expect he'll spend tens of millions of his own cash to support his bid.

The contests are in their early days of shaping up and they're coming together as Democrats nationwide lead Republicans in polls on congressional...