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Among the changes to the map:<ref>[http://blog.nj.com/njv_paul_mulshine/2011/04/redistricting_theres_got_to_be.html ''Star Ledger'' "Redistricting: There's got to be a better way," April 5, 2011]</ref>
 
Among the changes to the map:<ref>[http://blog.nj.com/njv_paul_mulshine/2011/04/redistricting_theres_got_to_be.html ''Star Ledger'' "Redistricting: There's got to be a better way," April 5, 2011]</ref>
 
*Somerset County would now be split among four districts. Before, it was in two.
 
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==List of candidates==
 
==List of candidates==

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New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

List of candidates
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New Jersey State Senate2013 New Jersey General Assembly Elections
Elections for the office of New Jersey State Senate consisted 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 was April 1, 2013. The deadline for objections to nomination petitions for primary election candidates was April 5, 2013. Independent candidates wishing to run in the general election were required to submit their nomination petitions by June 4, 2013. The deadline for objections to nomination petitions for independent general election candidates was 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]

Incumbency was a key factor in the results for New Jersey's elections for State Senate in 2013. The incumbent ran for re-election in 39 of the 40 seats up for election in 2013. Every one of those incumbents advanced past the primary and won in the general election. District 14 and District 38 saw the closest competition for incumbents; both Democrats. Peter Barnes, III (D) was the only newly-elected member of the New Jersey State Senate. He won election in an open seat contest.

Majority control

Heading into the November 5 election, the Democratic Party held the majority in the New Jersey State Senate. The party lost no seats and remained the majority party after the 2013 election:


New Jersey State Senate
Party As of November 4, 2013 After the 2013 Election
     Democratic Party 24 24
     Republican Party 16 16
Total 40 40

Campaign contributions

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

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

Total contributions, New Jersey State Senate
Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2011 97 $27,085,886
2007 98 $30,156,484
2003 123 $19,785,597
2001 104 $18,903,480
1997 72 $10,941,283

During the 2011 election, the total contributions to the 97 Senate candidates was $27,085,886. The top 10 contributors were:[4]

Super PAC spending

The national super PAC the Fund for Jobs, Growth and Security was founded to prevent the popularity of Governor Chris Christie (R) from creating Republican majorities in New Jersey's 2013 elections. Democratic activists expressed concern that Christie's "coattails" would lead to a Republican state legislature and allow him to successfully promote a conservative agenda ahead of a presidential run in 2016. The Fund for Jobs, Growth and Security super PAC won a legal battle allowing it to spend unlimited amounts on state legislative campaigns in New Jersey. The super PAC's president is Susan McCue, who was dubbed by POLITICO as one of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) "closest confidantes," is the organization's president.[5]

Qualifications

In order to be a candidate to run for the New Jersey State Senate, a candidate must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Reside for no less than four years in the district the candidate plans to represent.
  • Be 30 years of age or older.
  • Obtain 100 signatures via petition and submit the signatures to the New Jersey Secretary of State[6].
  • Disclose any criminal convictions[7].

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

2013 Competitiveness Overview
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Primary competition (state comparison)
Incumbents with no challenges at all in 2013
Incumbents defeatedVictorious challengers
Primary competitiveness
Major party challengers (state comparison)
List of candidates with no competition
Open seats (state comparisons)
Long-serving senatorsLong-serving reps
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Comparisons Between Years
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2013 State Legislative Elections
Competitiveness Studies from Other Years
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There was just one candidate, incumbent Raymond Lesniak (D), without competition in the November 5 general election and who was thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed re-election in November. In one district, the major party candidate was opposed by only a third party candidate.

Primary challenges
Seven incumbents faced competition in the June 4 primary. All seven incumbents defeated their primary challengers.

Retiring incumbents
One incumbent senator did not run for re-election, while 39 (97.5%) ran for re-election.

  • District 18: Barbara Buono (D) declined to run for re-election, choosing to run in New Jersey's 2013 gubernatorial election. Buono and her running mate, Milly Silva, will face Governor Chris Christie and Lieutenant Governor kim Guadagno as well as several pairs of third party competitors.[8]

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.[9]

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."[10]

Among the changes to the map:[11]

  • 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

District 1

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
  • Jeff Van Drew Approveda - Incumbent Van Drew first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeff Van Drew: 34,624 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Susan Adelizzi Schmidt: 22,835
Independent Thomas Greto: 825

District 2

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
  • Jim Whelan Approveda - Incumbent Whelan first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jim Whelan: 29,333 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Frank X. Balles: 24,006

District 3

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Stephen M. Sweeney: 31,045 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Niki A. Trunk: 25,599

District 4

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Fred H. Madden: 29,439 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Giancarlo D'orazio: 21,376

District 5

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Donald W. Norcross: 25,383 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Keith Walker: 18,448

District 6

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
  • James Beach Approveda - Incumbent Beach first assumed office in 2009.
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James Beach: 34,847 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Sudhir Deshmukh: 20,080

District 7

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:
  • Diane Allen Approveda - Incumbent Allen first assumed office in 1998.

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gary Catrambone: 25,106
Republican Party Diane Allen: 38,350 Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Javier Vasquez: 20,633
Republican Party Dawn Marie Addiego: 35,894 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Anthony Mazella: 19,365
Republican Party Christopher J. Connors: 46,949 Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:
  • Jim Holzapfel Approveda - Incumbent Holzapfel first assumed office in 2012.

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Bendel: 19,807
Republican Party Jim Holzapfel: 45,565 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Brantley: 19,735
Republican Party Jennifer Beck: 30,531 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Marie Amato-Juckiewicz: 599

District 12

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Raymond D. Dothard: 17,440
Republican Party Samuel D. Thompson: 32,911 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joseph Marques: 18,289
Republican Party Joe Kyrillos, Jr.: 40,762 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Mac Dara Lyden: 774

District 14

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Linda R. Greenstein: 31,387 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Peter A. Inverso: 29,903
Libertarian Party Don Dezarn: 1,014

District 15

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shirley K. Turner: 30,250 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Don Cox: 17,507

District 16

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Christian R. Mastondrea: 22,990
Republican Party Christopher Bateman: 34,865 Green check mark transparent.png

District 17

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
  • Bob Smith Approveda - Incumbent Smith first assumed office in 2002.
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bob Smith: 22,920 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brian D. Levine: 15,403

District 18

Incumbent Barbara Buono (D) did not seek re-election.

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Peter Barnes: 25,063 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party David Stahl: 23,184

District 19

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joseph F. Vitale: 24,126 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert Luban: 14,439

District 20

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.

Note: John Ponoso filed for election, but did not appear on the primary ballot.

Independent Independent candidates:

Note: Drejaj did not appear on the general election ballot.

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Raymond Lesniak: 21,251 Green check mark transparent.png

District 21

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:
  • Thomas Kean Approveda - Incumbent Kean first assumed office in 2004.

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Michael Komondy: 18,517
Republican Party Thomas Kean: 42,423 Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nicholas P. Scutari: 24,899 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert Sherr: 16,933

District 23

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:

Note: Auletta was replaced by Gerard R. Bowers on the general election ballot.

Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Gerard R. Bowers: 17,311
Republican Party Michael J. Doherty: 37,477 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Daniel Seyler: 672

District 24

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard D. Tomko: 16,292
Republican Party Steven V. Oroho: 38,819 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed for election.
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:
  • Anthony Bucco Approveda - Incumbent Bucco first assumed office in 1998.

November 5 General election candidates:

Republican Party Anthony Bucco: 36,517 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Maureen Castriotta: 5,577

District 26

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:
  • Joe Pennacchio Approveda - Incumbent Pennacchio first assumed office in 2008.

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Avery Ann Hart: 19,250
Republican Party Joe Pennacchio: 35,772 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard J. Codey: 34,291Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lee S. Holtzman: 23,581

District 28

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Donald L. Rice: 27,265 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Frank Contella: 8,744

District 29

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party M. Teresa Ruiz: 16,078 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Raafat Barsoom: 3,636
Independent Pablo Olivera: 808

District 30

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party William H. Field: 15,535
Republican Party Robert W. Singer: 36,563 Green check mark transparent.png

District 31

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Sandra Bolden Cunningham: 18,822 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Maria Karczewski: 6,932

District 32

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nicholas J. Sacco: 20,098 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Paul Castelli: 8,542

District 33

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Brian P. Stack: 26,980 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party James Sanford: 6,460

District 34

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nia H. Gill: 27,132 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Joseph S. Cupoli: 9,972

District 35

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
  • Nellie Pou Approveda - Incumbent Pou first assumed office in 2012.
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Nellie Pou: 22,154 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lynda Gallashaw: 7,737

District 36

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
  • Paul A. Sarlo Approveda - Incumbent Sarlo first assumed office in 2004.
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Paul A. Sarlo: 22,677 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brian A. Fitzhenry: 15,293

District 37

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Loretta Weinberg: 28,321 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Paul A. Duggen: 13,038

District 38

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
  • Bob Gordon Approveda - Incumbent Gordon first assumed office in 2008.
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bob Gordon: 27,779 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Fernando A. Alonso: 25,767

District 39

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jane E. Bidwell: 21,616
Republican Party Gerald Cardinale: 37,836 Green check mark transparent.png

District 40

Democratic Party June 4 Democratic primary:
Republican Party June 4 Republican primary:

November 5 General election candidates:

Democratic Party William Meredith Ashley: 19,401
Republican Party Kevin J. O'Toole: 37,565 Green check mark transparent.png

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