|New Jersey State Senate District 2|
|January 10, 2014|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 6, 2007|
|Next general||November 5, 2013|
|New Jersey General Assembly|
|Mayor, Atlantic City|
|Date of birth||November 8, 1948|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Issues
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 District 2
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External Links
- 11 References
Whelan served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2006 to 2007.
Whelan graduated from Temple University with a B.A and M. Ed. in English Education. He is a teacher at Martin Luther King School. Whelan was the mayor of Atlantic City from 1990 to 2001 and was a member of the Atlantic City Council from 1982 to 1990.
The District 2 Democratic campaign site lists five key policy positions:
- Taxes: "Provide real tax relief to overburdened seniors and middle-class families by ending tax cuts for multi-millionaires and restoring seniors' property tax rebates."
- Leadership: "Provide independent leadership by working across party lines with the Governor to fix Trenton while standing up to him on policies that hurt seniors and middle-class families."
- Spending: "End the government spending spree with a freeze on state spending, independent audits of every department and public pension reforms."
- Political perks: "Slash taxpayer-funded political perks including free EZ-passes, housing allowances, luxury cars and luxury boxes at sports events for politicos and bureaucrats."
- Jobs: "Attract new business and jobs to New Jersey by providing competitive tax incentives, improving access to start-up capital, and eliminating roadblocks like bureaucratic red tape."
The Real Record of Jim Whelan, attack ad from Atlantic County GOP
Jim Whelan:A Record of Service campaign ad
2nd District debate
On September 15, the District 2 Senate candidates took part in a debate sponsored by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and The Press of Atlantic City.
In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Whelan served on these committees:
- Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation
- Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens
- State Government
- See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013
Whelan ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 2. Whelan was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and is challenged by Frank Balles (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.
- See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011
Whelan won re-election to the District 2 Senate seat in the 2011 election. He was unopposed for the June 7 Democratic primary. Whelan defeated Assemblyman Vincent Polistina (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. Lorenzo Langford (I) was a candidate for the seat but withdrew on September 20.
|New Jersey State Senate District 2 General Election, 2011|
|Democratic||Jim Whelan Incumbent||53.4%||24,075|
Asbury Park Press
District 2 is one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two are Districts 14 and 38. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cite a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argues APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 2 is roughly 9,200 (down from 11,000).
With assembly incumbent Vincent Polistina (R) choosing to run for the State Senate, NJ Spotlight has identified the District 2 as a potential place for the GOP to lose a seat in the Assembly. Following redistricting, the District 2 gained Democratic communities, losing Republican Galloway Township and picking up Democratic Somers Point, Buena and Buena Vista.
On June 7, Lorenzo Langford made the decision to run in the 2011 Senate race as an Independent. In the past, Langford has identified with the Democratic Party, defeating then incumbent mayor Jim Whelan in 2001, Langford's third attempt at unseating him. It is speculated that if Lorenzo remains in the race, Whelan will likely lose. Langford claims that he is a serious candidate stating his extreme dissatisfaction with Senator Whelan's vote on S11 (Atlantic City Tourism District).
Others view Langford as a "spoiler" candidate. Whelan's campaign manager, Justin Myers, claims that candidate Vincent Polistina (R) recruited Langford to help split the Democratic vote. Both Langford and Polistina have denied working together to adversely affect the election. Langford has said that if he were to drop out of the race, he would likely throw his support behind Polistina.
Langford ultimately decided to withdraw from the race on September 20, 2011. Langford declined to make a formal endorsement but stated his intention to vote for Vincent Polistina (R). Langford also stated his intention to "list the many instances that speak to Jim Whelan’s ineptness as mayor, as well as those occasions when he betrayed Atlantic City residents and sold us out."
In 2007 Whelan was elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 2. Whelan (D) finished with 27,913 votes while his opponent James McCullough (R) finished with 21,013 votes. Whelan raised $112,606 for his campaign fund.
|New Jersey State Senate District 2|
|Jim Whelan (D)||27,913|
|James McCullough (R)||21,013|
In 2011, Whelan received $1,547,564 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Whelan's campaign in 2011|
|Whelan For Senate Cooper & Tyner For Assembly||$716,500|
|Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 322||$16,500|
|Electrical Workers Local 351||$16,400|
|New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters||$16,400|
|New Jersey State Laborers||$9,700|
|Total Raised in 2011||$1,547,564|
|Total Votes received in 2011||24,705|
|Cost of each vote received||$62.64|
District 2 tops fundraising
In 2007, Whelan collected $112,606 in donations.
Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.
|Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee of New Jersey||$15,897|
|New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters||$10,700|
|Parker McCay & Criscuolo||$2,600|
|Jingoli Jr., Joseph R.||$2,500|
State leaders pick sides in District 2
Several powerful state leaders have expressed support for their chosen candidates in District 2. Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D) and Chairman of the state Democratic Committee John Wisniewski (D) have personally endorsed the Democratic ticket in District 2, attending a rally in support of the candidates. The Republican candidates have garnered the support of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), who attended an event for GOP campaign staff in District 2. The visits further highlight the importance of the district in November's election.
Whelan represents New Jersey Senate District 2, which includes the Northfield, New Jersey area.
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Whelan and his wife, Kathy, have one child.
- Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives
- Official website of Jim Whalen
- Whelan for Senate, Accessed May 10, 2013
- Atlantic County Unofficial Primary Results, June 4, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, 2011 Official State Senate Primary Candidate List
- Asbury Park Press, "Race for Legislature is on," September 23, 2011
- NJ Spotlight, "Election 2011: Where the Republicans Can Pick Up Assembly Seats," April 12, 2011
- CourierPostOnline.com, Senate race a classic matchup, June 10, 2011
- Press of Atlantic City, Political analyst: Langford may lose Democratic support if he runs for Senate as independent, June 27, 2011
- NJ.com, "Atlantic City mayor decides against state Senate run," September 20, 2011
- New Jersey State Senate election results
- Campaign funds
- Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- New Jersey ELEC, "News Release," November 3, 2011
- Press of Atlantic City, "Top New Jersey Democrats rally for 2nd District candidates," October 10, 2011
- New Jersey Senate Districts By Number
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