New Jersey's 11th Congressional District elections, 2012

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New Jersey's 11th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican Party
Rodney Frelinghuysen.jpg

New Jersey U.S. House Elections
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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 11th Congressional District of New Jersey held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen won the election.[1]
This was the congressional map approved by the 2011 redistricting committee. The 11th District was the green district in the northern part of the state.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 2, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New Jersey had a mostly closed primary system, in which registered Republicans and Democrats could only vote in their own party's primary, but voters who had never voted in a primary before could choose either party.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 11, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16, 2012.[2]

See also: New Jersey elections, 2012

Incumbent: Heading into the election was incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen (R), who was first elected to the House in 1994.

This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New Jersey's 11th Congressional District was located in the northern portion of the state and included portions of Morris, Pasaic, Essex, and Sussex counties.[3]


Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

General election candidates

Democratic Party John Arvanites
Republican Party Rodney Frelinghuysen Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Barry Berlin

June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Note: Sean Mack withdrew before the primary.

Republican Party Republican primary

IndependentThird Party

Election results

General Election

U.S. House, New Jersey District 11 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Arvanites 40% 123,897
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Frelinghuysen Incumbent 58.8% 182,237
     Independent Barry Berlin 1.2% 3,725
Total Votes 309,859
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in New Jersey

New Jersey lost a congressional seat following the results of the 2010 Census, bringing its number of representatives down to 12. A new map was approved on December 23, 2011.

The 11th District was re-drawn after the 2010 Census. The new district was composed of the following percentages of voters of the old congressional districts.[6][7]

Registration statistics

As of October 25, 2012, District 11 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New Jersey Secretary of State:

New Jersey Congressional District 11[8]
Congressional District District Total Democrats Republicans Other & Unaffiliated Advantage Party Advantage Change in Advantage from 2010
District 11 492,740 125,229 149,405 218,106 Republican 19.31% -30.86%
"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.

District partisanship

FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study

See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012

In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. New Jersey's 11th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.[9]

  • 2012: 44D / 56R
  • 2010: 42D / 58R

Cook Political Report's PVI

See also: Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index

In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. New Jersey's 11th Congressional District had a PVI of R+5, which was the 173rd most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 53-47 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 56-44 percent over John Kerry (D).[10]

Campaign donors

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are the candidates' reports.[11][12]

John Arvanites

John Arvanites Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-primary[13]May 24$0.00$8,925.00$(1,650.00)$7,275.00
July Quarterly[14]July 15$7,275.00$18,960.00$(11,376.94)$14,858.06
Running totals

Rodney Frelinghuysen

Rodney Frelinghuysen Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]April 15$439,142.49$214,802.77$(65,215.99)$588,729.27
Pre-primary[16]May 24$588,729.27$24,869.05$(94,815.42)$518,782.90
July Quarterly[17]July 15$518,782.90$120,464.73$(35,470.13)$603,777.50
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 2, 2010, Rodney Frelinghuysen was re-elected to the United States House for a ninth term. He defeated Douglas Herbert (D) and Jim Gawron (Libertarian).[18]

United States House, New Jersey General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Frelinghuysen Incumbent 67.2% 122,149
     Democratic Douglas Herbert 30.5% 55,472
     Libertarian Jim Gawron 2.3% 4,179
Total Votes 181,800

See also


  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. New Jersey Department of State, "Voter Registration Information," accessed June 30, 2012
  3. New Jersey Redistricting Map, "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 "U.S. Senate Primary Candidates," accessed April 2, 2012
  5. "Candidate List" accessed September 19, 2012
  6. Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer, "New Jersey's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
  7. Labels & Lists, "VoterMapping software voter counts"
  8. New Jersey Secretary of State, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," May 22, 2012
  9. FairVote, "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New Jersey," September 2012
  10. Cook Political Report, "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" accessed October 28, 2012
  11. Federal Election Commission, "John Arvanites Summary Report," accessed October 11, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Rodney Frelinghuysen Summary Report," accessed October 11, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission, "John Arvanites Pre-primary" accessed October 11, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, "John Arvanites July Quarterly" accessed October 11, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Rodney Frelinghuysen April Quarterly" accessed October 11, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Rodney Frelinghuysen Pre-primary" accessed October 11, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Rodney Frelinghuysen July Quarterly" accessed October 11, 2012
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013