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James Keenan
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Candidate for
New Jersey General Assembly District 7
ProfessionMayor, Mount Laurel
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James Keenan was a 2011 Republican candidate for District 7 of the New Jersey General Assembly. [1] Keenan replaced Joseph Malone, III on the ballot. Following the primary election, Malone announced that he had decided not to run for re-election.[2]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Keenan was a candidate for District 7 of the New Jersey General Assembly. He replaced incumbent Joseph Malone, III who decided not to run for re-election after the June 7 primary. He was bracketed with fellow Republican Christopher Halgas.[3]

New Jersey General Assembly District 7 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHerb Conaway Incumbent 26.2% 23,908
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTroy Singleton Incumbent 25.6% 23,403
     Republican James Keenan 24.3% 22,144
     Republican Christopher Halgas 23.9% 21,828
Total Votes 91,283


Molone retirement

With Redistricting moving his residence out of the 30th District, Joseph Malone, III was forced to run for re-election to the 7th District in 2011. Since Malone brought with him the status of a nine-term incumbent, NJ Spotlight identified the 7th District as a potential place for the GOP to pickup a seat in the Assembly.[4] However, after the primary election, Malone announced that he would not seek re-election, but denied that redistricting had motivated his retirement.[5]


District 7 is split between both parties, with Republicans controlling the Senate seat and Democrats controlling the two Assembly seats. PolitickerNJ notes that several Republican-leaning areas were added to the area in redistricting, but since these districts came from a solidly Republican districts, Democratic turnout in these areas may expand in 2011. Joseph Malone, III (R) was also moved into District 7 via redistricting, but decided to retire. Jack Conners (D), on the other hand, was moved out of District 7 by redistricting and ultimately decided to retire. Singleton was quickly appointed to replace Connors in the Assembly and run in District 7.[6][7]

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District 7 candidates spend nearly $1.7 million

As of October 25, the candidates for District 7 have spent $1,642,013. According to a press release issued by the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission, District 7 is fifth in total campaign spending for the 2011 election season. Only Districts 2, 38, 14 and 3 (ranked from highest to lowest) spent more.[8]

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