New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

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New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Jon Runyan Republican Party
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The 3rd Congressional District of New Jersey will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014.
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New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District is a battleground district in 2014. Both The Cook Political Report and FairVote rate the district as very closely matched between Democratic and Republican voters. Cook's Partisan Voter Index (PVI) rates the district as R+1, or barely Republican.[1] FairVote rates the district as 50.4% Democratic.[2] In 2012, although New Jersey's 3rd District voted for Republican incumbent Jon Runyan with an 8.9% margin of victory, the district also voted for Democratic President Barack Obama with a margin of victory of 4.6%. Another factor that makes this race difficult to predict is that Runyan is not seeking re-election, so no candidate will have the advantage of being an incumbent.

In the Democratic primary, Aimee Belgard raised the most money and garnered the most support from Democratic officials. In the Republican primary between Tom MacArthur and Steve Lonegan, MacArthur gained most of the endorsements from the Republican establishment, while Lonegan received support primarily from tea party groups. MacArthur maintained a lead in spending and polls, but the race became increasingly brutal as Lonegan and MacArthur attacked one another. MacArthur even sued the Lonegan campaign for defamation. In the June 3 primary, MacArthur secured the Republican nomination and Belgard won the Democratic nomination.

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.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 13, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 14, 2014 (21 days before election).[6]

See also: New Jersey elections, 2014

Incumbent: Incumbent Jon Runyan (R), who was first elected in 2010, is not running for re-election in 2014.[7]

New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District is located in the south-central portion of the state and includes most of Burlington County and portions of Ocean County.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

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Primary results

U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom MacArthur 59.7% 15,261
Steve Lonegan 40.3% 10,314
Total Votes 25,575
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.
U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAimee Belgard 83.5% 11,649
Howard Kleinhendler 11.6% 1,623
Bruce Todd 4.8% 673
Total Votes 13,945
Source: 99% reporting, Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Race background

DCCC involvement

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), a national Democratic political organization, actively campaigned against both Steve Lonegan and Tom MacArthur. The committee made automated calls throughout New Jersey's 3rd District in order to tell voters that the two Republican candidates wanted to give tax breaks to the wealthy and increase the tax burden on middle-class citizens.[16]

Patriot Majority USA

Patriot Majority USA, a Democratic political organization, spent over $110,000 advertising against Republican candidates Tom MacArthur and Steve Lonegan. Although they attacked both candidates, their ads seemed to be targeting MacArthur over Lonegan, presumably because they viewed MacArthur as the stronger candidate and the one more likely to be a threat in the general election to the favored Democratic candidate, Aimee Belgard. The organization's attacks against MacArthur were certainly designed to turn off Republican voters, stating, "Tom MacArthur has never met a tax he didn’t like."[17] The attack ads against Lonegan, on the other hand, may not have been viewed as attacks at all in conservative circles, stating that Lonegan would "recklessly cut vital government programs" and "criminalize abortion."[17] Also of interest to many Republicans was the fact that Patriot Majority USA had been running many of their television advertisements on smaller networks, with only $22,000 out of $43,000 being spent on the district's major cable networks.[18]

Controversy

Lawsuit

The Republican primary between Tom MacArthur and Steve Lonegan became one of the most brutal battles of the 2014 election season. In his campaign, Lonegan attacked MacArthur's insurance company, York Risk Services Group, for underpaying or denying payment to wildfire victims in California. The claimants had sued MacArthur's insurance company.[19] Chris Russell of the MacArthur campaign responded, “They’ve come up with three claims out of a million. There are lawsuits in the insurance industry. Those claims were dismissed, and they were all settled after Tom left the company."[20] In response to Lonegan's negative advertising, MacArthur sued the Lonegan campaign for defamation, to which Lonegan responded by stating in a press release, "“It's this kind of bullying and strong-arming of people that's downright despicable and has no place in this race."[19] Lonegan also released another campaign ad, entitled "Wildfire," in which another alleged victim of the insurance company criticized MacArthur. MacArthur's lawsuit included Lonegan and six members of his staff, one of which was a single mother named Liz Curtis. In a press conference, Lonegan attacked MacArthur further, saying, "I ran against Cory Booker, and I respect him. He’s an Obama liberal and doesn’t hide from that. But I don’t trust Tom MacArthur. I don’t trust anyone who would sue a single mother. You don’t do that."[20]

Endorsements

Aimee Belgard

Aimee Belgard has been endorsed by the following groups. Please see her campaign website for other endorsements.[21]

Steve Lonegan

Steve Lonegan received the following endorsements:

  • Ron Paul[23]
  • The Tea Party Express[24]
  • Mark Levin[25]
  • The Conservative Campaign Committee[25]
  • Tea Party Patriots of Southern New Jersey[25]
  • Medford Mayor Chris Buoni[25]
  • NJ Tea Party Caucus[25]
  • West Jersey Tea Party[25]
  • TEA Party Advocacy Tracking Hub (TPATH)[25]
  • Team NJ[25]
  • Jersey Shore Tea Party/Ocean County Citizens for Freedom[25]
  • Gun Owners of America[26]

Tom MacArthur

Tom MacArthur has received the following endorsements. See MacArthur's website for a list of elected officials who have endorsed him.[27]

  • Ocean County Republican Party[28]
  • Burlington County Republican Screening Committee[29]
  • Cinnaminson Mayor Anthony Minniti, Deputy Mayor John McCarthy and committee members Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Donald Brauckman and William Young[30]
  • Rep. Jon Runyan (R)[31]
  • The U.S. Chamber of commerce[32]
  • Former Rep. Jim Saxton[33]
  • Toms River Councilman Maurice “Mo” Hill, Jr.[34]
  • The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC[35]

Campaign contributions

Jon Runyan

The following reports were filed, although Runyan is not running for re-election.
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Runyan's reports before announcing that he would not seek re-election.[36]

Jon Runyan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 14, 2013$85,515.36$93,012.35$(50,212.41)$128,315.30
July Quarterly[38]July 12, 2013$128,315.30$181,066.00$(55,700.85)$253,680.45
October Quarterly[39]December 14, 2013$253,680.45$122,810.37$(80,706.69)$295,784.13
Year-End Quarterly[40]December 31, 2013$295,784$-9,950$(51,597)$71,736
Running totals
$386,938.72$(238,216.95)

Tom MacArthur

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are MacArthur's reports.[41]

Tom MacArthur (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[42]April 9, 2014$0$2,001,075.00$(251,804.72)$1,749,270.28
Running totals
$2,001,075$(251,804.72)

**Included in the total contributions are two personal loans from Tom MacArthur: $1 million incurred on January 3, 2014, and $1 million incurred on March 31, 2014.


Steve Lonegan

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lonegan's reports.[43]

Steve Lonegan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[44]April 14, 2014$0.00$402,312.77$(230,258.32)$172,054.45
Running totals
$402,312.77$(230,258.32)

Aimee Belgard

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

Aimee Belgard (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[45]January 31, 2014$0.00$175,062.77$(25,799.63)$149,263.14
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$149,263.14$227,500.48$(51,038.38)$325,725.24
Running totals
$402,563.25$(76,838.01)

Howard Kleinhendler

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kleinhendler's reports.[47]

Howard Kleinhendler (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[48]April 10, 2014$0.00$13,991.81$(5,837.47)$8,154.34
Running totals
$13,991.81$(5,837.47)

Polls

Republican primary polls

Republican primary candidates
Poll Steve Lonegan Mo HillTom MacArthurUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Advantage Research
March 10, 2014
41%11%2%46%+/-5.6300
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Steve Lonegan vs. Tom MacArthur
Poll Steve Lonegan Tom MacArthurUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Monmouth University Polling Institute
May 12-14, 2014
35%46%20%+/-4.4505
National Research Inc.
May 6-7, 2014
28%37%35%+/-4.9400
AVERAGES 31.5% 41.5% 27.5% +/-4.65 452.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

District history

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2012

On November 6, 2012, Jon Runyan (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Shelley Adler, Christopher Dennick, Jr., Frederick John Lavergne, Robert Shapiro, Robert Witterschein and Robert Edward Forchion in the general election.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Shelley Adler 44.9% 145,506
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Runyan Incumbent 53.7% 174,253
     No Slogan Christopher Dennick, Jr. 0.1% 280
     Legalize Marijuana Robert Edward Forchion 0.6% 1,965
     No Slogan Frederick John Lavergne 0.2% 770
     Bob's for Jobs Robert Shapiro 0.3% 1,104
     None of Them Robert Witterschein 0.2% 530
Total Votes 324,408
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jon Runyan won election to the United States House. He defeated John H. Adler (D), Peter DeStefano (New Jersey Tea Party), Russ Conger (Libertarian) and Lawrence J. Donahue (Your Country Again) in the general election.[49]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Runyan 50% 110,215
     Democratic John H. Adler incumbent 47.3% 104,252
     New Jersey Tea Party Peter DeStefano 1.5% 3,284
     Libertarian Russ Conger 0.7% 1,445
     Your Country Again Lawrence J. Donahue 0.5% 1,113
Total Votes 220,309

Media

  • Steve Lonegan's campaign released a negative ad against MacArthur, accusing him of being a liberal who raised taxes as mayor.[50]
  • Tom MacArthur responded with an ad defending himself against the accusations and, in turn, accusing Lonegan of raising taxes.[51]
  • In May 2014, Lonegan released another ad attacking MacArthur, stating that MacArthur's insurance company wrongfully denied payment to wildfire victims in Los Angeles.[52]

Lonegan campaign accuses MacArthur of being a "liberal"

MacArthur defends himself against Lonegan's negative campaign ad

Lonegan 2014 campaign ad attacking MacArthur

See also

External links

References

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  2. FairVote, "2014 Elections in New Jersey," accessed May 26, 2014
  3. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  6. New Jersey Department of State Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  7. The Hill, "Runyan to retire in 2014," accessed April 16, 2014
  8. New Jersey Redistricting Map "Map" accessed September 25, 2012
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  13. Campaign website, "Home", accessed February 18, 2014
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  21. Aimee Belgard for Congress, "Endorsements," accessed March 28, 2014
  22. Aimee Belgard for Congress, "Aimee Belgard Endorsed by the National Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare," accessed May 26, 2014
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  24. Steve Lonegan for Congress, "The Tea Party Express Endorses Lonegan," accessed May 26, 2014
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