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New Jersey's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

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New Jersey's 7th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Leonard Lance Republican Party
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New Jersey U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 7th Congressional District of New Jersey will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives 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.[1][2][3]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by May 13, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014 (21 days before election).[4]

See also: New Jersey elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is Leonard Lance (R), who was first elected in 2008.

New Jersey's 7th Congressional District is located in the northwestern portion of the state and includes Hunterdon County and portions of Warren, Morris and Somerset counties.[5]



Kovach Petition Controversy

Although she had obtained the requisite 200 signatures and filed to run in the primary, Janice Kovach was not included in the initial list of candidates put out by the state Division of Elections. The division did not accept a number of the signatures because the person who had obtained them did not reside in the district. Susan Scarola, an administrative law judge, overturned the ruling in light of another case in which state Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled it unconstitutional to require that the people collecting petitions be from the candidate's district. Unless the decision is overruled by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Kovach will be on the ballot for June's primary election.[9]

Campaign contributions

Leonard Lance

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lance's reports.[10]

Leonard Lance (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 14, 2013$161,504.95$67,605.00$(75,380.01)$153,729.94
July Quarterly[12]July 13, 2013$153,729.94$132,732.05$(90,483.08)$195,978.91
October Quarterly[13]October 14, 2013$195,978.91$111,496.00$(51,301.18)$256,173.73
Year-End Quarterly[14]December 31, 2013$256,173$179,984$(48,786)$366,871
Running totals

District history

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On November 6, 2012, Leonard Lance (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Upendra Chivukula, Patrick McKnight, and Dennis Breen in the general election.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Upendra Chivukula 40% 123,057
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Lance Incumbent 57.2% 175,662
     Libertarian Patrick McKnight 1.3% 4,078
     Independent Dennis Breen 1.5% 4,518
Total Votes 307,315
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Leonard Lance won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Ed Potosnak (D) in the general election.[15]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 7 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Lance incumbent 59.4% 105,084
     Democratic Ed Potosnak 40.6% 71,902
Total Votes 176,986

See also

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