Shmuley Boteach

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Shmuley Boteach
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U.S. House, New Jersey, District 9
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Shmuley Boteach was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 9th Congressional District of New Jersey. He lost to incumbent Bill Pascrell.[1]

Boteach is a rabbi. He was Michael Jackson's spiritual adviser, has written 27 books, and has a television counseling show.[2]


Campaign themes


Boteach is a fiscal conservative who considered social issues a political distraction.[3]

According to his website, Boteach's campaign platform included the following issues[4]:

  • School vouchers
  • Tax-deductible counseling
  • United States involvement abroad



See also: New Jersey's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Boteach ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 9th District. He defeated Hector Castillo and Blase Billack in the June 5 Republican primary and faced Democratic incumbent Bill Pascrell and Independent E. David Smith in the November general election.[5][6]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Pascrell Incumbent 74% 162,822
     Republican Shmuley Boteach 25% 55,091
     Independent E. David Smith 0.5% 1,138
     Independent Jeanette Woolsey 0.5% 1,082
Total Votes 220,133
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
New Jersey's 9th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShmuley Boteach 57.9% 5,364
Blase Billack 13.8% 1,278
Hector Castillo 28.3% 2,623
Total Votes 9,265

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Boteach's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Boteach was defeated by Bill Pascrell in 2012. During that election cycle, Boteach's campaign committee raised a total of $317,116 and spent $308,781.[7]

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