New Jersey General Assembly elections, 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.
Nomination petitions must contain the signatures of at least 100 voters in the legislative district. Candidates are required to disclose any criminal convictions.
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|
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.
|Total contributions, New Jersey General Assembly|
|Year||Number of candidates||Total contributions|
|2011 Donors, New Jersey General Assembly|
|New Jersey State Laborers||$344,500|
|New Jersey Education Association||$325,900|
|New Jersey Republican Party||$296,965|
|New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters||$296,950|
|Election Fund of Cook Conaway & Singleton||$245,493|
|New Jersey Association of Realtors||$242,450|
|1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East||$185,400|
|Communications Workers New Jersey||$162,500|
|Cmte to Elect Lesniak Cryan & Quijano||$157,485|
|Democratic Assembly Campaign Cmte||$155,183|
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.
- Disclose any criminal convictions.
Impact of redistricting
- 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.
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:
- 5 by the Chairperson of the state Democratic Party
- 5 by the Chairperson of the state Republican Party
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."
Among the changes to the map:
- 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.
- New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Primary Election Timeline," Accessed January 14, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "2013 General Election Timeline," Accessed January 14, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "Petition filing instruction sheet," Accessed January 14, 2013
- Follow the Money, "New Jersey General Assembly 2011 Campaign Contributions"
- New Jersey Secretary of State "Partisan Office Candidate Requirements
- New Jersey Secretary of State "Memo to General Assembly and Senate Candidates on Criminal Disclosure", April 8, 2005
- U.S. Census Bureau, "2010 Census: New Jersey Profile," Accessed January 14, 2013
- North Jersey.com "New Jersey redistricting panel OKs new map drawn by Democrats," April 3, 2011
- Star Ledger "Redistricting: There's got to be a better way," April 5, 2011