New Jersey's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

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New Jersey's 4th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Chris Smith Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Chris Smith Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Solid R[1]

FairVote's Monopoly Politics: Safe R[2]
Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[3]


New Jersey U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 4th Congressional District of New Jersey held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Rep. Chris Smith (R) defeated Ruben Scolavino (D) and Scott Neuman (Democratic-Republican) in the general election.
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.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 13, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 14, 2014 (21 days before election).[7]

See also: New Jersey elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Chris Smith (R), who was first elected in 1980.

New Jersey's 4th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state and includes most of Monmouth County and parts of Mercer and Ocean counties.[8]

Candidates

General election candidates


June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Election results

General election

U.S. House, New Jersey District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Smith Incumbent 68% 118,826
     Democratic Ruben Scolavino 31.1% 54,415
     Democratic-Republican Scott Neuman 0.9% 1,608
Total Votes 174,849
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections

Key votes

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[11] Smith joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[12][13]

Campaign contributions

Chris Smith

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Smith's reports.[14]

Chris Smith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[15]July 21, 2013$182,496.37$25,974.34$(30,105.42)$178,365.29
July Quarterly[16]July 15, 2013$178,365.29$75,869.93$(25,511.12)$228,724.10
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2013$228,724.10$62,819.46$(31,171.50)$260,372.06
Year-End Quarterly[18]December 31, 2013$260,372$38,246$(23,054)$272,739
April Quarterly[19]April 15, 2014$272,739.50$41,840.42$(22,483.19)$292,096.73
Pre-Primary[20]May 22, 2014$292,096.73$9,107.69$(18,926.50)$282,277.92
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2014$282,277.92$48,129.50$(7,216.36)$323,191.06
October Quarterly[22]October 15, 2014$323,191.06$43,161.49$(47,558.10)$318,794.45
Running totals
$345,148.83$(206,026.19)

Ruben Scolavino

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Scolavino's reports.[23]

Ruben Scolavino (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[24]October 8, 2014$4,083.45$4,405.00$(4,210.45)$4,278.00
Pre-General[25]October 23, 2014$4,278.00$1,150.00$(720.00)$4,708.00
Running totals
$5,555$(4,930.45)

District history

Candidate ballot accecss
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2012

On November 6, 2012, Chris Smith (R) won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Brian Froelich and Leonard Marshall in the general election.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brian Froelich 35.3% 107,991
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Smith Incumbent 63.7% 195,145
     Independent Leonard Marshall 1% 3,111
Total Votes 306,247
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Chris Smith won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Howard Kleinhendler (D), Joe Siano (Libertarian), Steven Welzer (Green) and David R. Meiswinkle (American Renaissance Movement) in the general election.[26]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 4 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Smith incumbent 69.4% 129,752
     Democratic Howard Kleinhendler 27.9% 52,118
     Libertarian Joe Siano 1.6% 2,912
     Green Steven Welzer 0.8% 1,574
     American Renaissance Movement David R. Meiswinkle 0.3% 582
Total Votes 186,938

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 House Race Ratings for August 8, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. FairVote's Monopoly Politics, "2014 House Projections," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 House Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013, through January 3, 2014, researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. New Jersey Department of State Website, "Voter Registration Information," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. New Jersey Redistricting Map, "Map," accessed September 25, 2012
  9. Scott Neuman, US Congressional Candidate, "Home," accessed April 14, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 New Jersey Department of State, "Candidates for House of Representatives," accessed April 22, 2014
  11. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  12. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  13. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Smith 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  15. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  16. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  17. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  18. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  19. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  20. FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
  21. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  22. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Ruben Scolavino Summary Report," accessed November 4, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Ruben Scolavino October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Ruben Scolavino Pre-General," accessed November 4, 2014
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013