New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

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Elections for the office of New Jersey General Assembly will consist of a primary election on June 4, 2013, and a general election on November 5, 2013.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is April 1, 2013. The deadline for objections to nomination petitions for primary election candidates is April 5, 2013. Independent candidates wishing to run in the general election are required to submit their nomination petitions by June 4, 2013. The deadline for objections to nomination petitions for independent general election candidates is June 10, 2013.[1][2]

Nomination petitions must contain the signatures of at least 100 voters in the legislative district. Candidates are required to disclose any criminal convictions.[3]

Majority control

Heading into the November 5 election, the Democratic Party holds the majority in the New Jersey General Assembly:

New Jersey General Assembly
Party As of November 4, 2013 After the 2013 Election
     Democratic Party 48 48
     Republican Party 32 32
Total 80 80

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state house campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state house in New Jersey in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state house races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[4]

Total contributions, New Jersey General Assembly
Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2011 215 $25,001,973
2009 205 $25,487,974
2007 204 $26,388,602
2005 212 $23,299,489
2003 233 $15,682,188
2001 218 $12,642,876
1999 216 $13,178,596
1997 138 $7,436,476

During the 2011 election, the total contributions to the 215 Assembly candidates was $25,001,973. The top 10 contributors were:[4]


In order to be a candidate to run for the New Jersey General Assembly, a candidate must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Reside for no less than two years in the district the candidate plans to represent.
  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • Obtain 100 signatures via petition and submit the signatures to the New Jersey Secretary of State[5].
  • Disclose any criminal convictions[6].

Impact of redistricting

This is the final map as approved by the New Jersey redistricting commission. These districts will be in place until 2020.
See also: Redistricting in New Jersey

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, New Jersey's population increased from 8,414,350 to 8,791,894 between 2000 and 2010.[7]

The New Jersey Redistricting Commission is responsible for redistricting. This is one of 11 commissions nationwide that is responsible for redistricting. This redistricting commission is comprised of 10 members, chosen by the following:

If a plan is not in place, the New Jersey Supreme Court selects an 11th member. For the third consecutive decade, Rutgers professor Alan Rosenthal was chosen as the tie-breaking member. Rosenthal was unable to get the commission to agree on a compromise map and therefore had to cast a tie-breaking vote. He ultimately went with the Democrats' map, stating that it "reflected the current distribution of partisan preferences in New Jersey."[8]

Among the changes to the map:[9]

  • Somerset County would now be split among four districts. Before, it was in two.
  • The new 12th district included parts of Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington and Middlesex counties.

List of candidates

Pending once the filing deadline occurs on April 1, 2013.

See also