New Jersey's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012
November 6, 2012
June 5, 2012
- 1 Race background
- 2 Candidates
- 3 Election results
- 4 Impact of redistricting
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 District history
- 7 See also
- 8 References
|Candidate Filing Deadline||Primary Election||General Election|
Primary: New Jersey had a mostly closed primary system, in which registered Republicans and Democrats could only vote in their own party's primary, but voters who had never voted in a primary before could choose either party.
- See also: New Jersey elections, 2012
Incumbent: Heading into the election was incumbent Scott Garrett (R), who was first elected to the House in 2002.
This was the first election using new district maps based on 2010 Census data. New Jersey's 5th Congressional District was located in the northern portion of the state and included much of the northern portions of Warren, Sussex, Passaic, and Bergen counties.
Incumbent Scott Garrett had held the seat for the past ten years, but redistricting could have given challenger Adam Gussen a shot. Some of the more rural conservative parts of the district had been replaced by urban neighborhoods. Democrats had the registration advantage in the newly added portions but were still down 28 to 25 percent. The race was not yet on national radar, but a Bergen County Republican Organization poll showed incumbent Garrett only leading Gussen by two percentage points.
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General election candidates
June 5, 2012, primary results
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Scott Garrett Incumbent||55%||167,501|
|Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|New Jersey's 5th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012|
|New Jersey's 5th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Scott Garrett Incumbent||87.2%||24,709|
Impact of redistricting
- See also: Redistricting in New Jersey
New Jersey lost a congressional seat following the results of the 2010 Census, bringing its number of representatives down to 12. A new map was approved on December 23, 2011. Under the new map, the 5th District would now encompass much of the territory of 9th District incumbent Steve Rothman. Rothman chose to face fellow Democratic incumbent Bill Pascrell in the newly drawn 9th instead of take on Garrett, in the Republican-leaning new 5th.
As of October 25, 2012, District 5 had the following partisan registration breakdown according to the New Jersey Secretary of State:
|New Jersey Congressional District 5|
|Congressional District||District Total||Democrats||Republicans||Other & Unaffiliated||Advantage||Party Advantage||Change in Advantage from 2010|
|"Party advantage" is the percentage gap between the two major parties in registered voters. "Change in advantage" is the spread in difference of party advantage between 2010 and 2012 based on the congressional district number only.|
FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012 study
- See also: FairVote's Monopoly Politics 2012
In 2012, FairVote did a study on partisanship in the congressional districts, giving each a percentage ranking (D/R) based on the new 2012 maps and comparing that to the old 2010 maps. New Jersey's 5th District became more Democratic because of redistricting.
- 2012: 45D / 55R
- 2010: 42D / 58R
Cook Political Report's PVI
In 2012, Cook Political Report released its updated figures on the Partisan Voter Index, which measured each congressional district's partisanship relative to the rest of the country. New Jersey's 5th Congressional District had a PVI of R+4, which was the 197th most Republican district in the country. In 2008, this district was won by John McCain (R), 51-49 percent over Barack Obama (D). In 2004, George W. Bush (R) won the district 54-46 percent over John Kerry (D).
|Scott Garrett Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15||$1,712,258.37||$285,280.09||$(130,241.86)||$1,867,296.60|
|July Quarterly||July 15||$1,989,289.63||$250,006.91||$(108,962.03)||$2,130,334.51|
On November 2, 2010, Scott Garrett was re-elected to the United States House for a fifth term. He defeated Tod Theise (D), Ed Fanning (Green), Mark D. Quick (For Americans), and James Douglas Radigan (Be Determined).
- United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey, 2012
- United States House of Representatives elections, 2012
- United States Senate elections in New Jersey, 2012
- Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- New Jersey Department of State "Voter Registration Information," Accessed June 30, 2012
- New Jersey Redistricting Map "Map" Accessed September 25, 2012
- NJ Spotlight, "Democratic Challenger Harbors High Hopes in 5th District," October 10, 2012
- NJ.com "Teaneck deputy mayor plans bid to unseat Scott Garrett," January 9, 2012
- NJ.gov "U.S. Senate Primary Candidates," accessed April 2, 2012
- Politicker NJ "Republican Cino running against Garrett
- NJ.gov "Candidate List" accessed September 19, 2012
- NJ.com "Rep. Steve Rothman to challenge Rep. Bill Pascrell in June Democratic primary," Accessed December 30, 2011
- Moonshadow Mobile's CensusViewer "New Jersey's congressional districts 2001-2011 comparison"
- Labels & Lists "VoterMapping software voter counts"
- New Jersey Secretary of State, "Congressional Voter Registration Statistics," May 22, 2012
- '"FairVote "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New Jersey," September 2012
- Cook Political Report "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008" Accessed October 2012
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly," Accessed September 27, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "Pre-primary," Accessed September 27, 2012
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly," Accessed September 27, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"