New Jersey State Senate District 2

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New Jersey State Senate District 2
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Current incumbentJim Whelan Democratic Party
Population234,905
Race63% White, 17.5% Black, 0.38% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 8.46% Asian, 0.031% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 7.35% Some other race alone, 3.30% Two or More Races
Ethnicity83.1% Not Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 16.9% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
Voting age76.7% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 5, 2013
New Jersey's second state senate district is represented by Democratic Senator Jim Whelan.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 234,905 civilians reside within New Jersey's second state senate district.[1] New Jersey state senators represent an average of 219,797 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 210,359 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the New Jersey State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Known as the "2-4-4" cycle, Senators serve four-year terms, except in the first term of a new decade, which only lasts for two years. New Jersey legislators assume office at noon of the second Tuesday in January following the election.

Qualifications

Senators must be 30 years of age or older, have lived in the state for a minimum of four years, and have lived in the district they represent.

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the New Jersey Legislature are paid $49,000/year. There is no per diem.[4]

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

There are two ways to fill an vacancy in the senate. If the vacancy happens in legislative session, a special election must be called within 51 days of the vacancy. All other vacancies must be filled by the county leadership of the political party that holds the seat.[5]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Elections for the office of New Jersey State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 4, 2013, and a general election on November 5, 2013. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 1, 2013. Incumbent Jim Whelan (D) defeated Frank Balles (R) in the general election. Whelan was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. Balles defeated Marybeth Bennett in the June 4 Republican primary.[6][7][8]

New Jersey State Senate, District 2 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Whelan Incumbent 55% 29,333
     Republican Frank Balles 45% 24,006
Total Votes 53,339

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Elections for the office of New Jersey State Senate consisted of a primary election on June 7, 2011, and a general election on November 8, 2011. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 11, 2011. Incumbent Jim Whelan (D) defeated Assemblyman Vincent Polistina (R) in the general election. Whelan and Polistina were both unopposed in the June 7 primary elections.[9][10][11]

New Jersey State Senate District 2 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Whelan Incumbent 53.4% 24,075
     Republican Vincent Polistina 46.6% 20,997
Total Votes 45,072

Campaign contributions

Since 2001, candidates for New Jersey State Senate District 2 have raised a total of $6,365,727. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $636,573 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, New Jersey State Senate District 2
Year Amount Candidates Average
2011 $3,533,434 2 $1,766,717
2007 $1,076,406 2 $538,203
2003 $1,075,613 3 $358,538
2001 $680,274 3 $226,758
Total $6,365,727 10 $636,573

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