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Mike Assad
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 2
ReligionRoman Catholic
Campaign website
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Mike Assad was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] He was defeated by Frank LoBiondo in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014.

Assad was previously a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of New Jersey. He was defeated in the primary.[2]


Assad is the son of an immigrant from Egypt, and was born and raised in Absecon, New Jersey. He studied social science at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and he was recognized as one of Atlantic City Weekly’s "Top 40 Under 40" and Red Alert Politics' "30 Under 30."[3] Assad was also a school board member.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Assad's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 2006-2013: Absecon Board of Education
  • 2009-2014: Employee at Apple Inc.
  • 2012-2013: Talk show host on Ocean City's WIBG-AM


Campaign themes


Assad listed the following themes on his campaign website. See Assad's website for his position on other issues.

  • The Constitution: "The constitution is the law for lawmakers. It is the only protection we, the people, have against a government that is trying to change the relationship between the people and their elected representatives."
  • Immigration: "I believe that amnesty for illegal immigrants is unfair to those who have come to this country by following the rules and all those who believe in law and order."
  • Obamacare: "I support the full repeal of Obamacare. From the very beginning ‘Obamacare’ was misrepresented for political reasons. Had our elected leaders in congress known the true cost it would have never been passed. Obamacare makes no real attempt to alter the culture of defensive medicine and loaded uninsured people into the nation’s health insurance program with no idea of the real costs involved. I believe that congress has to enact a new program that makes reasonable changes to tort law liabilities and gives us a truly national insurance program that does not limit insurance choices to state boundaries."
  • Taxes: "America’s taxation system is broken beyond repair. At over 70,000 pages our tax code has become a roadblock to true national economic growth. Too many companies and businesses make investment decisions on the basis of the tax obligations. When the vast majority of taxpayers feel they have no choice but to employ a tax accountant in order to comply with the income tax act we have a system that is breaking our nation."
  • Spending: "The current level of spending in Washington is unsustainable without massive increases in the rate of income tax for the majority of ordinary Americans. Americans who are just now graduating from college with huge amounts of debt are faced with the real prospect of paying for Washington’s reckless and wasteful spending programs."


—Mike Assad, [6]


According to his website, Assad's campaign platform included the following issues:[7]

  • Term limits
  • Reduced involvement in labor negotiations
  • Domestic energy production and opposition to cap and trade legislation



See also: New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

The 2nd Congressional District of New Jersey held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Frank LoBiondo (R) defeated Bill Hughes, Jr. (D), Gary Stein (I), Bayode Olabisi (I), Costantino Rozzo (American Labor Party) and Alexander Spano (Democratic-Republican).[8] LoBiondo defeated Mike Assad in the Republican primary on June 3, 2014, while Hughes defeated Dave Cole for the Democratic nomination.

New Jersey's 2nd was considered a battleground district in 2014. Although LoBiondo won re-election in 2012 by a safe 17.4 percent margin of victory, the 2012 presidential race went Democratic, with Barack Obama winning the district by an 8.1 percent margin of victory.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrank LoBiondo Incumbent 82.5% 14,294
Mike Assad 17.5% 3,037
Total Votes 17,331
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections - Official Election Results


Assad 2014 campaign video discussing his bid for U.S. Congress.[9]


See also: New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Assad ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 2nd District. He sought the nomination on the Republican ticket,[10] and lost to incumbent Frank LoBiondo in the June 5 Republican primary.[2][11]

New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrank LoBiondo Incumbent 87.6% 20,551
Michael Assad 12.4% 2,914
Total Votes 23,465

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 Assad's reports.[12]

Mike Assad (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[13]October 8, 2013$0$3,548.18$(3,112.17)$436.01
Year-End[14]January 31, 2014$436.01$3,631.37$(2,278.11)$1,789.27
April Quarterly[15]April 12, 2014$1,789.27$967.25$(2,361.82)$394.70
Running totals


Assad is engaged to Lisa Haggerty, whom he will marry on April 10, 2015.[3]

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