2012 elections review:New Jersey incumbent defeated after redistricting eliminated district

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June 6, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

There were few surprises in New Jersey's congressional primary elections. All competing incumbents won their primaries -- except for Steve Rothman, who lost to fellow Democratic incumbent Bill Pascrell. Rothman's district had been eliminated in New Jersey's redistricting, and he opted to face Pascrell in the 9th District primary rather than venture into the Republican-leaning 5th District. The contentious and sometimes ugly[1] battle between the colleagues wound up being not so close: Pascrell won with 61% of the vote.[2]

Contested Primaries in New Jersey -- June 5, 2012
U.S. House
(12 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 6 (50%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 6 (50%)

In another primary of interest, Donald Payne Jr. won the Democratic nod to run for the 10th District seat left open by the death of his father, Donald Payne Sr. Five other Democrats, including Payne Jr.'s fellow Newark City Councilman Ronald C. Rice and state Senator Nia Gill, campaigned hard, but Payne Jr. won with 60% of the vote.[2]

On the Republican side, David Larsen challenged incumbent Leonard Lance to a rematch of the 2010 primary in the 7th District. Although the district was redrawn this year along more conservative lines, and the field was not muddied by other candidates,[3] Lance still won, as he did in the last election.[2]

For the U.S. Senate, Republicans chose from a field of four to see who would take on Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez in November. GOP voters opted for state Senator Joe Kyrillos.[2]

In other contested House primaries, celebrity rabbi Shmuley Boteach defeated two others for the Republican nod in the 9th. Teaneck Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen was Democratic voters' choice for the 5th District. In the 2nd, Cassandra Shober won the Democratic party's approval.[2]

Members of the U.S. House from New Jersey -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 7 6
     Republican Party 6 6
Total 13 12

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