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Steven Welzer
Former candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 12
PartyGreen Party
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRutgers University (1976)
Master'sRutgers University (1983)
Campaign website
Steven Welzer was a 2014 Green Party candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] He was defeated by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Welzer was previously a 2013 Green Party candidate for Governor of New Jersey.[3]

The Green Party candidate also ran unsuccessfully for election to the U.S. House in 2008 and 2010, District 14 of the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011, and for New Jersey General Assembly District 12 in 2009.


Welzer is the co-editor of the Green Horizon magazine.[4]

He serves on the Executive Committee of the Green Party of New Jersey and the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States.[4]



See also: New Jersey's 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Welzer ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 12th District.[1] He lost to Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) in the general election.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBonnie Watson Coleman 61% 90,430
     Republican Alieta Eck 36.5% 54,168
     Green Steven Welzer 0.6% 890
     Truth Vision Hope Kenneth Cody 0.4% 567
     Democratic-Republican Allen Cannon 0.3% 450
     Legalize Marijuana Don Dezarn 0.9% 1,330
     Start the Conversation Jack Freudenheim 0.4% 531
Total Votes 148,366
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections


See also New Jersey gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Welzer was a Green Party candidate for Governor of New Jersey in 2013.[5] Welzer lost in the general election 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

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]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Welzer was a Green Party candidate for District 14 of the New Jersey General Assembly. He was defeated in the November 8 general election. Daniel Benson and Wayne DeAngelo ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. David Fried and Wayne Wittman defeated Bruce MacDonald in the Republican primary. However, Fried withdrew after the primary for health reasons and was replaced by Sheree McGowan.[20] The general election was held on November 8.[21]

New Jersey General Assembly District 14 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWayne DeAngelo Incumbent 29% 26,626
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Benson Incumbent 28% 25,662
     Republican Sheree McGowan 20.9% 19,135
     Republican Wayne Wittman 20.8% 19,100
     Green Steven Welzer 1.3% 1,189
Total Votes 91,712


Asbury Park Press

District 14 was one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two were Districts 2 and 38. Districts 2 and 38 may have leaned more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still have favored Democrats. As evidence, they cited a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argued APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 14 was roughly 21,000, (down from 25,000).[22]


Welzer lost to incumbents Declan O'Scanlon, Jr. and Caroline Casagrande in the 2009 elections. Also running were Democratic challengers John Amberg and Michelle Roth.[23]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 New Jersey Division of Elections, "General election candidates for U.S. House," accessed October 2, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Politico, "2014 New Jersey House Election Results," accessed November 7, 2014
  3. Welzer for Governor 2013 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed June 26, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 [Email submission to Ballotpedia, November 7, 2011]
  5., "Independents survive ballot challenges from Democrats," accessed June 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
  20., "Sheree McGowan aims for Dave Fried's spot on GOP ticket in 14th District Assembly race," August 17, 2011
  21. 2011 Unofficial General Assembly General Election Candidate List (dead link)
  22. Asbury Park Press, "Race for Legislature was on," September 23, 2011
  23. Associated Press, "General Election Results, November 4, 2009," accessed April 10, 2014