New Jersey Resources

Population: 8,958,013 (2015)

Filing deadline: April 2, 2018.

Primary: June 5, 2018.

New Jersey (D+6) was once a swing state, but has veered left in the last few decades. As of 2010, it is 62% White, 12% Black, 16% Hispanic and 8% Asian.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 14. New Jersey is a solid state for the Dems in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Democrats.

Bob Menendez

Senator class 1: Bob Menendez (D)
Committees: Foreign Relations, Banking & Housing, Finance.

Democratic nominee: Bob Menendez
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
Likely Dem.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Lawyer Bob Menendez (b.1954) served in the State Legislature and then 6 terms in the House before he was appointed Senator in 2006. He took 59% in 2012. Menendez has had his share of legal and ethical problems and is not safe in 2018.

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Cory Booker

Senator class 2: Cory Booker (D)
Committees: Commerce, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: Cory Booker
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Lawyer and Newark Mayor Cory Booker was first elected in a special election in 2013. He won 56% in 2014.

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Representatives: 12 Representatives; 7 Democrats and 5 Republicans.

Donald Norcross

District 1
Representative: Donald Norcross (D)
Committees: Armed Services, Budget.

Democratic nominee: Donald Norcross
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 24, 2017:
The district (D+13) covers the southwestern areas of the state, including suburbs of Philadelphia. i den sørvestlige del av staten and omfatter forsteder til Philadelphia. It is 69% White, 15% Black and 10% Hispanic. State Senator and Trade Union activist Donald Norcross (b.1958) was first elected in a special election in 2014 and won 60% in 2016.

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Frank LoBiondo

District 2
Representative: Frank LoBiondo (R)
Committees: Armed Services, Transportation, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Nov 8, 2017:
The district (D+1) covers the southern parts of the state, including Atlantic City. It is 71% White, 12% Black and 12% Hispanic. Businessman and State Representative Frank LoBiondo (b.1946) was first elected in 1994. He won 59% in 2016 but is not running again in 2018.

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Tom MacArthur

District 3
Representative: Tom MacArthur (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Tom MacArthur

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Leans GOP.

Status, Jan 24, 2017:
The district (R+1) contains south central areas, from the coast to the Pennsylvania border. It is 80% White and 10% Black. Businessman and Mayor Tom MacArthur (b.1960) held the seat for the GOP in 2014 and won 60% in 2016.

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Christopher Smith

District 4
Representative: Christopher Smith (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Chris­topher Smith

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 24, 2017:
The district (R+7) covers central parts, including Trenton. It is 81% White and 9% Hispanic. Businessman and activist Christopher Smith (b.1953) was first elected in 1980 and won 64% in 2016.

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Josh Gottheimer

District 5
Representative: Josh Gottheimer (D)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nominee: Josh Gottheimer
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Tossup.

Status, Jan 24, 2017:
The district (R+4) lies in the north and covers the border areas with Pennsylvania to the west and New York to the east. It is 75% White, 10% Hispanic and 9% Asian. Lawyer Josh Gottheimer (b.1975), who is a former speechwriter to Bill Clinton, won the seat against a GOP incumbent with 51% in 2016.

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Frank Pallone

District 6
Representative: Frank Pallone Jr (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: Frank Pal­lone Jr
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 24, 2017:
The district (D+8) covers eastern parts along the New York border. It is 55% White, 9% Black, 18% Hispanic and 17% Asian. Lawyer and State Senator Frank Pallone (b.1951) was first elected in a special election in 1988 and won 63% in 2016.

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Leonard Lance

District 7
Representative: Leonard Lance (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce, Ethics.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Leo­nard Lance

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Leans GOP.

Status, Jan 24, 2017:
The district (R+5) covers western parts of the state, with a thin sliver out towards New York. It is 77% White and 10% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Senator Leonard Lance (b.1952) was first elected in 2008 and took 54% in 2016.

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Albio Sires

District 8
Representative: Albio Sires (D)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Albio Sires
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 24, 2017:
The district (D+24) covers parts of Newark and urban areas along the New York border. It is 30% White and 50% Hispanic. Businessman and State Representative Albio Sires (b.1951) was first elected in a special election in 2006 and won 77% in 2016.

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Bill Pascrell Jr

District 9
Representative: Bill Pascrell Jr (D)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: Bill Pascrell Jr
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 24, 2017:
The district (D+14) covers the urbane area north of the 8th and is 45% White, 10% Black, 31% Hispanic and 12% Asian. Teacher and State Representative Bill Pascrell (b.1937) was first elected in 1996 and won 70% in 2016.

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Donald Payne Jr

District 10
Representative: Donald Payne Jr (D)
Committees: Homeland Security, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Donald Payne Jr
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 24, 2017:
The district (D+34) includes most of Newark and surrounding areas. It is 24% White, 50% Black and 17% Hispanic. Newark Councilman and County Freeholder Donald Payne (b.1958) was first elected in a special election after his late Congressman father in 2012. He won 86% in 2016.

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Rod Frelinghuysen

District 11
Representative: Rod Frelinghuysen (R)
Committees: Appropriations (Chair).

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Rod Fre­ling­huysen

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Jan 24, 2017:
The district (R+6) covers northern, central parts of the state and is 79% White. County Freeholder and State Representative Rod Frelinghuysen (b.1946) was first elected in 1994 and won 58% in 2016.

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Bonnie Watson-Coleman

District 12
Representative: Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D)
Committees: Oversight, Homeland Security

Democratic nominee: Bonnie Watson-Coleman
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 24, 2017:
The district (D+14) covers central parts of the state northeast of Trenton. It is 54% White, 17% Black, 14% Hispanic and 14% Asian. State Representative Bonnie Watson-Coleman (b.1945) has held several administrative and political jobs in New Jersey. She was first elected in 2014 and won 63% in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The third Tuesday of January.

The Governor and LG of New Jersey are term limited after 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, they can run for 2 x 4 more years.

Chris Christie

Governor: Chris Christie (R)

Democratic nomineePhil Murphy
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Sep 16, 2017:
Safe Dem.

Status, Nov 8, 2017:
Lawyer and Federal prosecutor Chris Christie (b.1962) was first elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 with 60%. He ran for president in 2016, but threw in the towel in February. The 2017 election was won by Wall Street executive and former Ambassador to Germany, Phil Murphy (b.1957), who held the office for the Democrats with 55%.

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Kim Guadagno

Lieutenant Governor: Kim Gua­dagno (R)

Democratic nominee: Sheila Oliver
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Sep 16, 2017:
Safe Dem.

Status, Nov 8, 2017:
The LG is picked by the party’s gubernatorial nominee and elected on the same ticket, Lawyer and County Sheriff Kim Gua­dagno (b.1959) became the state’s first LG in 2009.  The LG-elect is State Rep. Sheila Oliver (b.1952).

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State Senate: 40 (24D / 16R). Term: 2 and 4 years. Elections in 2017.
State Assembly: 80 (51D / 29R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2017.

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