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On November 5, 2002, Rush D. Holt, Jr. won re-election to the United States House. He defeated DeForest "Buster" Soaries (R), Carl J. Mayer (Independent/Green), Thomas D. Abrams (Independent/Libertarian) and Karen Ann Zaletel (Independent/NJ Conservative) in the general election.[1]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 12 General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRush D. Holt, Jr. incumbent 61% 104,806
     Republican DeForest "Buster" Soaries 36.7% 62,938
     Independent/Green Carl J. Mayer 1.1% 1,871
     Independent/Libertarian Thomas D. Abrams 0.7% 1,259
     Independent/NJ Conservative Karen Ann Zaletel 0.5% 839
Total Votes 171,713