Robert Thorne

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Robert Thorne
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 8
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Robert Thorne was a 2014 independent ("911 Truth Needed") candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 8th Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] Thorne was defeated by incumbent Albio Sires (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Thorne was previously a 2013 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. He ran for the NSA Did 911 Party on a joint ticket with gubernatorial candidate Jeff Boss in the general election on November 5, 2013.[3]



See also: New Jersey's 8th Congressional District elections, 2014

Thorne ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 8th District. He lost to incumbent Albio Sires (D) in the general election.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 8 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlbio Sires Incumbent 77.4% 61,510
     Republican Jude Anthony Tiscornia 19% 15,141
     Wake Up USA Pablo Olivera 1.3% 1,022
     Politicians Are Crooks Herbert Shaw 1.5% 1,192
     911 Truth Needed Robert Thorne 0.8% 653
Total Votes 79,518
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections


See also New Jersey gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Thorne ran as a third party candidate affiliated with the NSA Did 911 Party for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey in 2013. He ran on a ticket with gubernatorial candidate Jeff Boss.[4] The pair lost in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.


  • General Election

On November 5, 2013, Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno (R) won re-election as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. They defeated the Buono/Silva (D), Kaplan/Bell (L), Welzer/Alessandrini (I), Sare/Todd (I), Araujo/Salamanca (I), Schroeder/Moschella (I) and Boss/Thorne (I) ticket(s) in the general election.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Christie & Kim Guadagno 60.3% 1,278,932
     Democratic Barbara Buono & Milly Silva 38.2% 809,978
     Libertarian Kenneth Kaplan & Brenda Bell 0.6% 12,155
     Independent Steven Welzer & Patricia Alessandrini 0.4% 8,295
     Independent Diane Sare & Bruce Todd 0.2% 3,360
     Independent William Araujo & Maria Salamanca 0.2% 3,300
     Independent Hank Schroeder & Patricia Moschella 0.1% 2,784
     Independent Jeff Boss & Robert Thorne 0.1% 2,062
Total Votes 2,120,866
Election Results Via: New Jersey Department of State

Campaign Issues

Thorne wrote Ballotpedia in October, 2013 to give his comments on some of his campaign issues.

  • "I'll say that I'd just like to try to do what's best for this country, and that means getting us back to the good values found in the U.S. Constitution and the ancient religious texts such as the Bible, QUR'AN, Bhagavad Gita, etc.; that's where great wisdom resides, and I can't do any better than what has been done there."
  • "I won't take a salary, would willingly be recalled, by the people, if I'd go back on any promise or do anything wrong, I'd like to have witnesses present, with video cameras, for any meeting with special interests to record the meetings. I think this should also be done in U.S. Courtrooms, to keep a record of what was actually said and done."
  • "The "Jeffersonian" form of limited government is something I believe in, as this gives people the maximum freedoms."[5]

Election rating

In November 2012, the New Jersey gubernatorial election was rated by the Washington Post as one of the top five races to watch in 2013.[6] Christie's high-wattage presence notwithstanding, the contest never rose to the level of excitement originally anticipated. This was due in part to the decision of former Newark Mayor Cory Booker to run for U.S. Senate rather than attempt to oust Christie in 2013. Booker had long been considered the Democratic front-runner and best hope to take on the juggernaut incumbent, until announcing his — ultimately successful — Senate bid, and leaving comparatively unknown Democrats on their own to face Christie, whose upward career trajectory and bipartisan appeal made him a formidable opponent in the election.[7]


Incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono each faced a single challenger in the primary election on June 4, although neither presented a substantial challenge at the polls; Christie and Buono won their respective party nominations with roughly 90 percent of the vote.[8][9]

Former Atlantic City Councilman Seth Grossman was the sole Republican to brave a run against the popular first-term governor, whose profile rose following the response to Hurricane Sandy. Grossman's campaign criticized Christie for being overly moderate, while Buono's opponent Troy Webster, advisor to the mayor of East Orange, believed he was uniquely suited to making New Jersey friendlier to "the working poor and middle class families who have been literally 'thrown under the bus.'" Grossman and Webster were endorsed by the weekly publication NJ Today.[10]

Selection of running mates

In New Jersey, gubernatorial candidates have 30 days to select a lieutenant gubernatorial running mate with whom to share their ticket in the general election. Immediately after launching his re-election campaign, Christie secured his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Buono, meanwhile, waited until July 29 to formally announce her choice of union leader Milly Silva, the executive vice president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, as her running mate.[11][12] The two-woman ticket went up against incumbent pairing Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno in addition to a number of third-party opponents in the general election contest that took place on November 5, 2013.


Christie was heavily favored to win re-election, with his campaign raising nearly double that of Buono's in the primary and maintaining a decisive double-digit advantage in the polls throughout the election season.[13][14] In the final week before the general election, Christie boasted a staggering 24.3-point average polling lead.[15] He also had bipartisan support, which was crucial in a state where Democrats outnumbered Republicans by over 700,000, according to party registration statistics provided by the New Jersey Department of State.[16]

Public financing

Since 1977, New Jersey gubernatorial primary and general election candidates can qualify for a public funding program whereby candidates who raise a minimum amount of money are dispensed tax-generated funds, controlled by the state election law enforcement commission, in direct proportion to campaign donations given from the public. In 2013, the qualifying sum for primary gubernatorial candidates was $380,000.[17] The purpose of the program is to lessen the influence of corporate contributions in elections. On February 2, 2013, then-presumptive Democratic nominee Barbara Buono's campaign reported that it had surpassed the $380,000 mark.[18] By that time, Christie's campaign had already raised $2 million. Unlike in 2009, Christie declined to use matching funds in the 2013 primary, but he decided in August to opt in to the program for the general election phase. Under the program, Christie became eligible for an additional $8 million, approximately. The terms also required him to participate in two debates with Buono before the general election.[18][19]

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  1. New Jersey Division of Elections, "General election candidates for U.S. House," accessed August 18, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Politico, "2014 New Jersey House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014
  3. New Jersey Division of Elections, "Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor - Official List," August 8, 2013
  4. New Jersey Division of Elections, "Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor - Official List," June 28, 2013
  5. Kristen Mathews, "Email communication with Robert Thorne," October 14, 2013
  6. Washington Post, "The 5 best races of 2013," November 30, 2012
  7. Public Policy Polling, "Christie in trouble for re-election," July 20, 2011
  8. NJToday, "Primary election results," accessed June 5, 2013
  9., "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
  10. NJ Today, "EDITORIAL: Troy Webster For Governor," April 14, 2013
  11., "Barbara Buono picks union leader Milly Silva as running mate," July 25, 2013
  12., "Buono announces Milly Silva as her lieutenant governor pick," July 29, 2013
  13. PolitickerNJ, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
  14. NJ News 12, "Poll: Christie remains popular in NJ," accessed April 15, 2013
  15. RealClearPolitics, "New Jersey Governor - Christie vs. Buono," accessed November 3, 2013
  16. New Jersey Department of State Elections Division, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," May 7, 2013
  17., "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 The Star-Ledger, "Buono qualifies for public matching funds in N.J. governor's race," February 4, 2013
  19., "Christie campaign participating in public financing program," August 20, 2013