New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

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New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Frank LoBiondo Republican Party
Frank LoBiondo.jpg

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Likely R[3]

New Jersey U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2nd Congressional District of New Jersey will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.

New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District is a battleground district in 2014. In 2012, the 2nd District voted for Republican incumbent Frank LoBiondo with a safe 17.4 percent margin of victory. On the other hand, the 2012 presidential race went Democratic, with Barack Obama winning the district by an 8.1 percent margin of victory. Despite factors that could make this a close race, The Cook Political Report and FairVote both predict that the Republican Party will have the advantage in November. Cook rates the district as "Solid Republican," while FairVote rates it as "Safe R."[4][5]

Both Bill Hughes, Jr. (D) and Frank LoBiondo (R) faced challenges in the June 3 primary before they could move on to the general election. With LoBiondo having been in office since 1995 and having a considerable financial advantage, he easily defeated Mike Assad in the Republican primary. Bill Hughes, Jr. earned most of the endorsements from the Democratic establishment and raised significantly more money than his primary challenger, Dave Cole. He defeated Cole by a wide margin of victory. LoBiondo and Hughes will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 31, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: New Jersey is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[6][7][8]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 13, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014 (21 days before election).[9]

See also: New Jersey elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Frank LoBiondo (R), who was first elected in 1994.

New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes the counties of Salem, Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic and portions of Gloucester, Camden, Burlington and Ocean counties.[10]


General election candidates

June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Primary results

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
U.S. House, New Jersey District 2 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Hughes, Jr. 81.8% 11,455
Dave Cole 18.2% 2,554
Total Votes 14,009
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections - Official Election Results


Frank LoBiondo

Frank LoBiondo has received the following endorsements:

Bill Hughes, Jr.

Bill Hughes, Jr. has received endorsements from the following groups. For a complete list of his endorsements, visit his website.[24]

  • Atlantic County Democrats[25][26]
  • Ocean County Democrats
  • Camden County Democrats
  • Burlington County Democrats
  • Cape May County Democrats
  • Cumberland County Democrats
  • Salem County Democrats
  • Gloucester County Democrats
  • New Jersey State Senator Stephen Sweeney[27]


Campaign themes

Bill Hughes, Jr.

Bill Hughes, Jr. highlights the following themes on his campaign website. See his "Issues" page for more information regarding his position on various topics.[28]

  • Create and Protect Jobs and Light a Fire Under the Economy: "South Jersey has the highest jobless rate in the state, averaging around 13%. So many good folks have been in unemployed [sic] for so long that many aren't even counted as being unemployed - and have just given up hope of finding work. When the Atlantic Club closed its doors for good in January 2014 – putting 1,600 of our neighbors out of work – they were told to move to another state to find work. Rampant unemployment in our hometowns for years on end with no solutions is unacceptable. In South Jersey the recession hasn’t ended. It's not our neighbors who have failed, it’s our leadership in Washington. We need real projects and real ideas that produce solutions and jobs. South Jersey needs an advocate for jobs and a stronger economy – someone who will actually reach across the aisle and achieve bipartisan results instead of just talking about them."
  • Strengthen Education and Make College Affordable for Every Student: "The exploding cost of college tuition is killing the financial security of middle class families and denying educational opportunities to hard-working students. Tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities shot up 19% over inflation from 2003-04 to 2008-09, and by another 27% between 2008-09 and 2013-14. My wife, a member of our local School Board, and I are parents of three young boys, and we are committed to ensuring the quality of our public schools and making a college education more attainable. Every student deserves the opportunity to succeed through a world-class education, the best college or technical or trade education New Jersey has to offer."
  • Protect Social Security and Medicare: "We need to ensure that the Social Security and Medicare programs remain protected and funded for the thousands of South Jersey residents who depend upon these benefits both now and in the future. As we speak, reckless Republicans in Congress are proposing to radically cut the Medicare program by slashing Medicare benefits to future recipients and increasing the eligibility age. Republicans are also working to rip open the Medicare Part-D “Donut Hole” which would dramatically increase what seniors pay for prescription drugs, and reducing the federal investment in nursing homes. I will keep the promise made to our seniors who sacrificed and saved their entire lives believing the benefits they paid for would be there when they retired."
  • Keeping the Promise to Our Veterans: "South Jersey is lacking a facility close to home where our 50,000 veterans can have their medical needs addressed. The deeper you are in South Jersey, the harder it is for veterans to find the health care our country promised them close to home. It simply makes no sense that a veteran in Cape May, Atlantic County or Ocean County would have to drive up to two hours and pass two or more other hospitals just to visit a VA Hospital in Philadelphia or Delaware. With South Jersey already having some of the highest unemployment rates in the country, the unemployment rate of returning veterans is often three or more times higher than the general population. We need to honor our veterans by making sure they have a good paying job waiting for them at home"
  • Real Healthcare Reform: "We have the best doctors and hospitals in the world, and nobody in this country should face obstacles to getting the treatment and care they need. Instead of returning to a system that denied healthcare to millions while bankrupting hospitals, individuals and businesses - and was a drain on taxpayers - we need REAL healthcare reform that is both affordable and makes sense for individuals and businesses."


—Bill Hughes, Jr., Campaign website (archive)

Costantino Rozzo

Costantino Rozzo lists the following issues, among others, on his campaign website:[30]

  1. Healthcare: We need a National, single-payer healthcare program. All hospitals in the state must be publicly owned or run as not-for-profits. We also need small community-based health clinics in schools, large businesses and residential areas. Reproductive rights and sex education should be part of our heathcare system.Including veterinarian services
  2. Education: We need to invest in public education with equalized, per-pupil funding to insure quality education for all. We need to provide free post-secondary education for all US residents, funded through a progressive income tax.
  3. Jobs: We must create jobs through public works projects and by supporting small businesses and encouraging the growth of cooperatives.
  4. Taxes: Recent tax-cuts have victimized the working and middle classes while rewarding the rich. We need a progressive income tax that equitably distributes the tax burden so that the wealthy pay their share. Regressive taxes, such as sales and property taxes, only further burden those least able to pay and must be done away with.
  5. Environment: US industries must be forced to abide by clean air, clean water and toxic cleanup statutes. Citizens must have the right to know what, how much and where pesticides are being used. We need to support massive public transit programs to cut down congestion and auto pollution. Animal protection initiatives.
  6. Equality: Equal rights for all persons under the law, regardless of gender, race, creed, or sexual orientation. I support issues of tolerance and Anti-hate. Also, All people, no matter who they are, should be equal and have equal opportunities in an all inclusive umbrella.
  7. Workers Rights: Workers must have the right to organize and to force employers into binding arbitration. We need a National "family leave" act which guarantees paid leave for the birth of a child and for medical or personal emergencies. Install Bill or Workers and Union Rights.
  8. Public Services: There is a now a right-wing attack on our Federal social safety net, we must re-affirm our commitment to a great public society on National level. We must increase the funding for community aid centers build food and service programs and create social welfare boards with recipient representation.
  9. Sustainable and Livable Communities: Giving power back to the States and Communities. They must find ways to be accountable to the Federal Government on expenditures. Eliminating Slums and Ghettos, ending rural poverty, improved education, and more.
  10. Democracy: Freedom of Choice. Candidates should be elected through a system of proportional representation, and all candidates for office should be allotted free television and radio time. Many of today's social problems can be traced to economic inequality. Crime, poverty, homelessness and unemployment all have social causes. The Socialist Party of New Jersey is dedicated to addressing these problems at their root. We need radical solutions to today's problems


—Costantino Rozzo, Campaign website


General election polls

Frank LoBiondo vs. Bill Hughes, Jr.
Poll Frank LoBiondo (R) Bill Hughes, Jr. (D)Other candidate/ UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Monmouth University
October 12-14, 2014
Stockton College/Survey Technology & Research Center
September 27-October 1, 2014
AVERAGES 50% 36.5% 13.5% +/-4.35 521
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Key votes

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[31] LoBiondo joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[32][33]

Campaign contributions

Frank LoBiondo

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are LoBiondo's reports.[34]

Frank LoBiondo (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$690,690.40$150,471.68$(87,632.11)$753,529.97
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$753,529.97$132,602.90$(78,708.28)$807,424.59
October Quarterly[37]October 11, 2013$807,424.59$101,855.90$(81,526.05)$827,754.44
Year-End Quarterly[38]December 31, 2013$827,754$439,205$(76,632)$1,159,461
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$1,159,461.81$289,610.95$(172,142.39)$1,276,930.37
Running totals

Mike Assad

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Assad's reports.[40]

Mike Assad (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[41]October 8, 2013$0$3,548.18$(3,112.17)$436.01
Year-End[42]January 31, 2014$436.01$3,631.37$(2,278.11)$1,789.27
April Quarterly[43]April 12, 2014$1,789.27$967.25$(2,361.82)$394.70
Running totals

Bill Hughes, Jr.

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hughes' reports.

Bill Hughes, Jr. (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[44]January 31, 2014$0.00$185,168.00$(15,153.03)$170,014.97
April Quarterly[45]April 14, 2014$170,014.97$190,515.67$(32,360.11)$328,170.53
Running totals

Dave Cole

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cole's reports.[46]

Dave Cole (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$0.00$19,210.70$(8,101.25)$11,109.45
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Frank LoBiondo (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Cassandra Shober, John Ordille, Charles Lukens, Frank Faralli Jr. and David Bowen Sr. in the general election.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Cassandra Shober 40.3% 116,462
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank LoBiondo Incumbent 57.7% 166,677
     Libertarian John Ordille 0.9% 2,699
     Independent David Bowen Sr. 0.3% 1,010
     Independent Charles Lukens 0.5% 1,329
     Independent Frank Faralli Jr. 0.3% 892
Total Votes 289,069
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Frank LoBiondo won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Gary Stein (D), Peter F. Boyce (Constitution), Mark Lovett ( and Vitov Valdes-Munoz (American Labor) in the general election.[48]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank LoBiondo incumbent 65.5% 109,460
     Democratic Gary Stein 30.9% 51,690
     Constitution Peter F. Boyce 2.5% 4,120 Mark Lovett 0.7% 1,123
     American Labor Vitov Valdes-Munoz 0.4% 727
Total Votes 167,120

See also

External links


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