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Howard Kleinhendler
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 3
Bachelor'sTouro College
J.D.Temple University School of Law
Campaign website
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Howard Kleinhendler was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] He was defeated by Aimee Belgard in the Democratic primary on June 3, 2014.

Kleinhendler was a 2011 Democratic candidate for District 30 of the New Jersey General Assembly.


Kleinhendler is a partner in a New York law practice, and has appeared on various news programs to discuss his legal work. He is also a member of the Ocean County Democratic Committee.[2][3]


  • Law Degree from Temple University School of Law (1994)
  • Bachelor's Degree from Touro College.[3]


Campaign themes

Kleinhendler listed the following issues on his campaign website:

  • Improve Obamacare: "Obamacare was a step in the right direction. Among the benefits: millions of people now qualify for subsidies to pay for insurance, patients can no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, young adults can stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26 and there are prescription drug savings for seniors. Despite all of these benefits, there is room for improvement so that all Americans can have access to affordable health care."
  • End Corporate Welfare: "The treasury loses hundreds of billions a year in unnecessary tax loopholes that benefit large corporations and certain industries. Further, many of the super-rich pay taxes at the same rate as those in the lower 25 percentile. By eliminating 'corporate welfare,' the government can direct these resources towards deficit reduction and ultimately to lowering tax rates on middle and low-income earners."
  • Amnesty for Undocumented Workers: "There are more than 12 million undocumented workers in the United States. For the most part, these are hard working people who came to this country seeking to live the American Dream and forge a better future for their families. While we do not treat the violation of our immigration laws lightly, the shear size of this group and their impact on our economy warrants sweeping reforms that will benefit these immigrant workers and further strengthen our American culture and economy."
  • We Must Help Our Veterans: "There is no greater sacrifice we ask of our citizens than to take up arms and fight for our way of life. The brave men and women of our armed services deserve the utmost respect and care when they return from service. Unfortunately, Congress has taken their commitment for granted and has needlessly cut back on benefits and refused to recognize some of the trauma these troops return home with and suffer from. This must be addressed immediately. Let’s make sure our young men and women returning home have a chance at a bright future. We owe them that much."
  • A Real Sandy Recovery: "Many victims of the Sandy hurricane are still suffering. Reimbursements have been delayed, rebuilding has stalled and tens of millions in aid have been spent on areas unaffected by the storm. Here in Ocean County, the storm's effects still linger. We must take action."


—Howard Kleinhendler[5]



See also: New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

The 3rd Congressional District of New Jersey held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Tom MacArthur (R) defeated Aimee Belgard (D) and Frederick John LaVergne (Democratic-Republican) in the general election.[6] In the primary election on June 3, 2014, MacArthur defeated Steve Lonegan for the Republican nomination, while Belgard defeated Howard Kleinhendler and Bruce Todd for the Democratic nomination.

New Jersey's 3rd was considered a battleground district in 2014. Incumbent Jon Runyan (R) did not run for re-election, leaving an open seat. Moreover, although Runyan won re-election by an 8.9 percent margin of victory in 2012, the presidential election went Democratic, with President Barack Obama winning in the 3rd District by 4.6 percent.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAimee Belgard 83.8% 12,425
Howard Kleinhendler 11.5% 1,705
Bruce Todd 4.7% 700
Total Votes 14,830
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections - Official Election Results


Kleinhendler 2014 campaign video discussing his run for U.S. Congress.[7]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Kleinhendler was a candidate for District 30 of the New Jersey General Assembly. He was defeated in the November 8 general election. Kleinhendler and Shaun O'Rourke ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. Sean Kean and David Rible ran unopposed in the Republican primary. David Schneck was also running in the November 8 general election as an Independent.[8]

New Jersey General Assembly District 30 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Kean 34.4% 22,889
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Rible Incumbent 31.2% 20,728
     Democratic Shaun O'Rourke 16.9% 11,256
     Democratic Howard Kleinhendler 16% 10,639
     Libertarian David Schneck 1.5% 986
Total Votes 66,498

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kleinhendler's reports.[9]

Howard Kleinhendler (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 10, 2014$0.00$13,991.81$(5,837.47)$8,154.34
Running totals


Kleinhendler has five children with his wife, Rachel.[2]

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