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October 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

New Jersey's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
Yes 12 1 (3rd)

TRENTON: New Jersey: New Jersey has 12 U.S. House seats and one U.S. Senate seat on the 2012 ballot. New Jersey lost one congressional district in the redistricting after the 2010 census, causing two Democratic incumbents, Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell, to compete in the 9th District primary on June 5. All 12 districts have at least three candidates running.

Incumbent Democratic Senator Bob Menendez will defend his seat against 10 challengers.

In New Jersey, all polls are open from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time.[1]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

Bob Menendez was appointed to the Senate in January 2006 to fill the remainder of Jon Corzine's term. He was elected to the same seat in November 2006, and has served one full term. He leads Republican opponent Joe Kyrillos by up to 20 points in recent polls of likely voters. Despite being a current state senator, Kyrillos suffers from poor name recognition: only 59 percent recognized him in a recent poll.[2]

State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
New Jersey Class 1 Senate seat :Democratic Party Bob Menendez
Republican Party Joe Kyrillos
Libertarian Party Kenneth Kaplan
Green Party Ken Wolski
Independent Inder "Andy" Soni
Independent Gwen Diakos
Independent Eugene Martin Lavergne
Independent Daryl Brooks
Independent Robert "Turk" Turkavage
Independent Gregory Pason
Independent J. David Dranikoff
Bob Menendez Pending Pending

According to Cook's race ratings, New Jersey's Senate race is considered Likely Democratic.[3]

U.S. House

In the 3rd District, Republican incumbent Jon Runyan faces democratic challenger Shelley Adler. Adler is the widow of John Adler, who represented the 3rd District until he was defeated by Runyan in 2010. Despite an added fundraising disadvantage, he is leading Adler in polls. The Cook Political Report rates this race as "leaning Republican."[4] The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named this district on its "Red to Blue" program, a list of districts where they are focusing their support in the hopes of winning a majority in the House.[5]

In the 6th District, Republican tea-partier Anna Little faces incumbent Frank Pallone for the second time in a district that has virtually the same partisan demographics after redistricting, despite being redrawn slightly to the east. In 2010, with all the momentum of the tea party and the Republican wave election, Little lost to Pallone by 10 percentage points.[6]

Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in New Jersey:

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
 Congressional Redistricting Map, approved September 2011 

For more information, view Redistricting in New Jersey.

See also

New Jersey