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December 6, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team


TRENTON, New Jersey: New Jersey had twelve U.S. House seats on the ballot in 2012, after the thirteenth was removed following the 2010 census. Twelve total incumbents sought re-election on November 6, 2012, including the incumbent from the removed thirteenth district, and all twelve were re-elected. Here are the candidates who won election from New Jersey.

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Rob Andrews
Republican Party Greg Horton
Green Party John William Reitter
Independent Margaret Chapman
Rob Andrews Democratic Party Rob Andrews No
2nd Democratic Party Cassandra Shober
Republican Party Frank LoBiondo
Libertarian Party John Ordille
Independent David Bowen Sr.
Independent Charles Lukens
Independent Frank Faralli Jr.
Frank LoBiondo Republican Party Frank LoBiondo No
3rd Democratic Party Shelley Adler
Republican Party Jon Runyan
Independent Christopher Dennick, Jr.
Independent Robert Edward Forchion
Independent Frederick John Lavergne
Independent Robert Shapiro
Independent Robert Witterschein
Jon Runyan Republican Party Jon Runyan No
4th Democratic Party Brian Froelich
Republican Party Chris Smith
Independent Leonard Marshall
Chris Smith Republican Party Chris Smith No
5th Democratic Party Adam Gussen
Republican Party Scott Garrett
Green Party Patricia Alessandrini
Scott Garrett Republican Party Scott Garrett No
6th Democratic Party Frank Pallone
Republican Party Anna Little
Libertarian Party Len Flynn
Independent Mac Dara Lyden
Independent Herbert Tarbous
Independent Karen Zaletel
Frank Pallone Democratic Party Frank Pallone No
7th Democratic Party Upendra Chivukula
Republican Party Leonard Lance
Libertarian Party Patrick McKnight
Independent Dennis Breen
Leonard Lance Republican Party Leonard Lance No
8th Democratic Party Albio Sires
Republican Party Maria Karczewski
Independent Stephen Deluca
Independent Pablo Olivera
Independent Herbert Shaw
Bill Pascrell Democratic Party Albio Sires No
9th Democratic Party Bill Pascrell
Republican Party Shmuley Boteach
Independent E. David Smith
Independent Jeanette Woolsey
Steve Rothman Democratic Party Bill Pascrell No
10th Democratic Party Donald Payne Jr.
Republican Party Brian Kelemen
Libertarian Party Mick Erickson
Independent Joanne Miller
Donald M. Payne Democratic Party Donald Payne Jr. No
11th Democratic Party John Arvanites
Republican Party Rodney Frelinghuysen
Independent Barry Berlin
Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican Party Rodney Frelinghuysen No
12th Democratic Party Rush D. Holt, Jr.
Republican Party Eric Beck
Independent Kenneth Cody
Independent Jack Freudenheim
Rush D. Holt, Jr. Democratic Party Rush D. Holt, Jr. No
13th District Removed in Redistricting Albio Sires N/A N/A

Members of the U.S. House from New Jersey -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 7 6
     Republican Party 6 6
Total 13 12

National picture

Both chambers of the United States Congress remain split after the November 6, 2012 election. Democrats increased their majority in the U.S. Senate while cutting into the Republicans majority in the U.S. House. Of the 435 candidates who won election to the U.S. House, 85 of them were challengers, which represents 19.5 percent of U.S. House members. Of those 85, 50 are Democratic and 35 are Republican. A total of 27 incumbents were defeated -- 10 Democratic and 17 Republican.

2012 United States House General Election Results
Party Total Winners Incumbent Winners Defeated Incumbents Incumbent Re-Election Rate** Non-Incumbent Winners
Democratic 201 151 10 93.8% 50
Republican 234 198 17 92.1% 35
TOTALS 435 349 27 92.8% 85
**Note: The incumbent re-election rate is calculated by dividing the total incumbents winners by the total incumbents who appeared on the general election ballot.
U.S. Senate Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 51 53
     Republican Party 47 45
     Independent 2 2
Total 100 100
U.S. House Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 193 201
     Republican Party 242 234
Total 435 435

See also