New Jersey State Senate District 5
|New Jersey State Senate District 5|
|Current incumbent||Nilsa Cruz-Perez|
|Race||57.6% White, 24.6% Black, 0.42% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 2.81% Asian, 0.05% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 11.79% Some other race alone, 2.80% Two or More Races|
|Ethnicity||78.3% Not Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 21.7% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)|
|Voting age||74.6% age 18 and over|
|Next election||June 2, 2015|
As of the 2010 census, a total of 210,162 civilians reside within New Jersey's fifth state senate district. New Jersey state senators represent an average of 219,797 residents, as of the 2010 Census. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 210,359 residents.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Cruz-Perez was appointed to the seat on December 15, 2014, to replace Donald Norcross (D), who resigned after he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. A special election will be held to determine who will complete the final two years of Norcross' term.
A special election for the position of New Jersey State Senate District 5 has been called for November 3. A primary election will take place on June 2. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2015.
- 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 Donald Norcross (D) defeated Keith Walker (R) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the June 4 primary elections.
|New Jersey State Senate, District 5 General Election, 2013|
|Democratic||Donald Norcross Incumbent||57.9%||25,383|
- 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 Donald Norcross (D) defeated Keith Walker (R) in the general election. Norcross was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and Walker defeated George Gallenthin, III in the Republican primary to advance to the general election.
|New Jersey State Senate District 5 General Election, 2011|
|Democratic||Donald Norcross Incumbent||56.8%||17,712|
|New Jersey State Senate District 5 Republican Primary, 2011|
|George A. Gallenthin||20.2%||389|
Since 2001, candidates for New Jersey State Senate District 5 have raised a total of $1,940,554. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $194,055 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.
|Campaign contributions, New Jersey State Senate District 5|
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- For more information on the parameters the U.S. Census Bureau use, please see our Race and Ethnicity on the United States Census page.
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