Jeff Boss

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Jeff Boss
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Former candidate for
New Jersey General Assembly, District 36
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Jeff Boss was a 2015 Democratic candidate for District 36 of the New Jersey General Assembly. Boss was not listed on the official candidate list for the June 2 primary election.[1]

Boss is also a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.[2]

Boss was a 2014 independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from New Jersey.[3] He was defeated by incumbent Cory Booker (D) in the general election.[4]

Boss was previously a 2013 candidate for Governor of New Jersey.[5] He ran for the NSA Did 911 Party in the general election on November 5, 2013. In New Jersey, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run on the same ticket in the general election. Boss selected Robert Thorne as his running-mate for lieutenant governor.

Boss was an Independent candidate for U.S. Senate, representing New Jersey and a 2011 Democratic candidate for District 32 of the New Jersey State Senate.


National Security Agency

Boss claimed to have proof that the National Security Agency (NSA) was behind the September 11 terrorist attacks.[6]



Boss is a 2016 Democratic presidential candidate.[2]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2015

Elections for the office of New Jersey General Assembly will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on June 2, 2015, and the general election on November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2015.[7]


See also: United States Senate elections in New Jersey, 2014

Boss ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent New Jersey. He lost to incumbent Cory Booker (D) in the general election.[4] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, New Jersey General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCory Booker Incumbent 55.8% 1,043,866
     Republican Jeff Bell 42.3% 791,297
     Libertarian Joe Baratelli 0.9% 16,721
     Independent Jeff Boss 0.2% 4,513
     Independent Antonio Sabas 0.2% 3,544
     Democratic-Republican Eugene Lavergne 0.2% 3,890
     Economic Growth Hank Schroeder 0.3% 5,704
Total Votes 1,869,535
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections


See also New Jersey gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Boss ran for Governor of New Jersey in 2013. Originally filing as a Democrat, he ultimately did not qualify for the primary ballot.[8] Boss re-entered the race as a third party candidate affiliated with the NSA Did 911 Party and selected Robert Thorne as his running-mate for lieutenant governor.[9] The pair lost in the general election on November 5, 2013.

  • General Election

On November 5, 2013, Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno (R) won re-election as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. They defeated the Buono/Silva (D), Kaplan/Bell (L), Welzer/Alessandrini (I), Sare/Todd (I), Araujo/Salamanca (I), Schroeder/Moschella (I) and Boss/Thorne (I) ticket(s) in the general election.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Christie & Kim Guadagno 60.3% 1,278,932
     Democratic Barbara Buono & Milly Silva 38.2% 809,978
     Libertarian Kenneth Kaplan & Brenda Bell 0.6% 12,155
     Independent Steven Welzer & Patricia Alessandrini 0.4% 8,295
     Independent Diane Sare & Bruce Todd 0.2% 3,360
     Independent William Araujo & Maria Salamanca 0.2% 3,300
     Independent Hank Schroeder & Patricia Moschella 0.1% 2,784
     Independent Jeff Boss & Robert Thorne 0.1% 2,062
Total Votes 2,120,866
Election Results Via: New Jersey Department of State

Election rating

In November 2012, the New Jersey gubernatorial election was rated by the Washington Post as one of the top five races to watch in 2013.[10] Christie's high-wattage presence notwithstanding, the contest never rose to the level of excitement originally anticipated. This was due in part to the decision of former Newark Mayor Cory Booker to run for U.S. Senate rather than attempt to oust Christie in 2013. Booker had long been considered the Democratic front-runner and best hope to take on the juggernaut incumbent, until announcing his — ultimately successful — Senate bid, and leaving comparatively unknown Democrats on their own to face Christie, whose upward career trajectory and bipartisan appeal made him a formidable opponent in the election.[11]


Incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono each faced a single challenger in the primary election on June 4, although neither presented a substantial challenge at the polls; Christie and Buono won their respective party nominations with roughly 90 percent of the vote.[12][13]

Former Atlantic City Councilman Seth Grossman was the sole Republican to brave a run against the popular first-term governor, whose profile rose following the response to Hurricane Sandy. Grossman's campaign criticized Christie for being overly moderate, while Buono's opponent Troy Webster, advisor to the mayor of East Orange, believed he was uniquely suited to making New Jersey friendlier to "the working poor and middle class families who have been literally 'thrown under the bus.'" Grossman and Webster were endorsed by the weekly publication NJ Today.[14]

Selection of running mates

In New Jersey, gubernatorial candidates have 30 days to select a lieutenant gubernatorial running mate with whom to share their ticket in the general election. Immediately after launching his re-election campaign, Christie secured his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Buono, meanwhile, waited until July 29 to formally announce her choice of union leader Milly Silva, the executive vice president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, as her running mate.[15][16] The two-woman ticket went up against incumbent pairing Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno in addition to a number of third-party opponents in the general election contest that took place on November 5, 2013.


Christie was heavily favored to win re-election, with his campaign raising nearly double that of Buono's in the primary and maintaining a decisive double-digit advantage in the polls throughout the election season.[17][18] In the final week before the general election, Christie boasted a staggering 24.3-point average polling lead.[19] He also had bipartisan support, which was crucial in a state where Democrats outnumbered Republicans by over 700,000, according to party registration statistics provided by the New Jersey Department of State.[20]

Public financing

Since 1977, New Jersey gubernatorial primary and general election candidates can qualify for a public funding program whereby candidates who raise a minimum amount of money are dispensed tax-generated funds, controlled by the state election law enforcement commission, in direct proportion to campaign donations given from the public. In 2013, the qualifying sum for primary gubernatorial candidates was $380,000.[21] The purpose of the program is to lessen the influence of corporate contributions in elections. On February 2, 2013, then-presumptive Democratic nominee Barbara Buono's campaign reported that it had surpassed the $380,000 mark.[22] By that time, Christie's campaign had already raised $2 million. Unlike in 2009, Christie declined to use matching funds in the 2013 primary, but he decided in August to opt in to the program for the general election phase. Under the program, Christie became eligible for an additional $8 million, approximately. The terms also required him to participate in two debates with Buono before the general election.[22][23]


See also United States Senate elections in New Jersey, 2012

Boss ran for U.S. Senate in 2012. However, he did not appear on the general election ballot.[24]


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Boss ran in the 2011 election for New Jersey Senate District 32. Boss was defeated by Democratic incumbent Nicholas Sacco in the primary on June 7, 2011. The general election took place on November 8, 2011.[25]

New Jersey State Senate District 32 Democratic Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNicholas Sacco Incumbent 95.3% 10,211
Jeff Boss 4.7% 505
Total Votes 10,716

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Federal Election Commission, "2016 Presidential Form 2 Filers," accessed April 2, 2015
  3. New Jersey Division of Elections, "General election candidates for U.S. Senate," accessed August 13, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Politico, "2014 New Jersey Senate Election Results," accessed November 5, 2014
  5. New Jersey Division of Elections, "Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor - Official List," August 8, 2013
  6. Jeff Boss campaign website, "500 people admitting on tape...," accessed April 23, 2012
  7. New Jersey Department of Elections, "2015 Primary Election Timeline," accessed February 2, 2015
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named primarylist
  9. New Jersey Division of Elections, "Candidates for Governor - Official List," June 28, 2013
  10. Washington Post, "The 5 best races of 2013," November 30, 2012
  11. Public Policy Polling, "Christie in trouble for re-election," July 20, 2011
  12. NJToday, "Primary election results," accessed June 5, 2013
  13., "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
  14. NJ Today, "EDITORIAL: Troy Webster For Governor," April 14, 2013
  15., "Barbara Buono picks union leader Milly Silva as running mate," July 25, 2013
  16., "Buono announces Milly Silva as her lieutenant governor pick," July 29, 2013
  17. PolitickerNJ, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
  18. NJ News 12, "Poll: Christie remains popular in NJ," accessed April 15, 2013
  19. RealClearPolitics, "New Jersey Governor - Christie vs. Buono," accessed November 3, 2013
  20. New Jersey Department of State Elections Division, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," May 7, 2013
  21., "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 The Star-Ledger, "Buono qualifies for public matching funds in N.J. governor's race," February 4, 2013
  23., "Christie campaign participating in public financing program," August 20, 2013
  24. Jeff Boss campaign website, "Home," accessed January 6, 2012
  25. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official State Senate Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014