United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey, 2012

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2012 U.S. House Elections in New Jersey

Primary Date
June 5, 2012

Partisan breakdownCandidates

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 2012 U.S. House of Representatives elections in New Jersey took place on November 6, 2012. Voters elected 12 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 12 congressional districts.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
April 2, 2012
June 5, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: New Jersey has a mostly closed primary system, in which registered Republicans and Democrats can only vote in their own party's primary, but voters who have never voted in a primary before may choose either party.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by March 11. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 16.[1]

See also: New Jersey elections, 2012


According to the New York Times race ratings in October 2012, one of the 12 districts is considered to be in play, District 3.[2]

The Center for Voting and Democracy (Fairvote) projected that Democrats would win six districts while Republicans would win five seats. It did not make a projection for the remaining district.[3]

Primary competitiveness

See also: National contested primary average during the 2012 U.S. congressional elections

New Jersey tied with Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Delaware, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, and West Virginia for having the 22nd most competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 50% of major party primaries having been contested (12 out of 24). The national average was 54.31%.

Twelve U.S. House incumbents ran for re-election in New Jersey in 2012. 8 of those 12 (66.67%) faced a primary challenger. Nationwide, 200 out of the 386 incumbents seeking re-election faced a primary challenger (51.81%).

Partisan breakdown

Heading into the November 6 election, the Democratic Party held seven of the 13 Congressional seats from New Jersey. However, the state lost one seat after the 2010 census and elected 12 representatives.

Members of the U.S. House from New Jersey -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 7 6
     Republican Party 6 6
Total 13 12

Incumbents

Heading into the 2012 election, the incumbents for the 13 congressional districts were:

Name Party District
Albio Sires Electiondot.png Democratic 13
Bill Pascrell Electiondot.png Democratic 8
Chris Smith Ends.png Republican 4
Donald M. Payne Electiondot.png Democratic 10
Frank LoBiondo Ends.png Republican 2
Frank Pallone Electiondot.png Democratic 6
Jon Runyan Ends.png Republican 3
Leonard Lance Ends.png Republican 7
Rob Andrews Electiondot.png Democratic 1
Rodney Frelinghuysen Ends.png Republican 11
Rush D. Holt, Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic 12
Scott Garrett Ends.png Republican 5
Steve Rothman Electiondot.png Democratic 9

Margin of victory for winners

There were a total of 12 seats up for election in 2012 in New Jersey. The following table shows the margin of victory for each district winner, which is calculated by examining the percentage difference between the top-two vote getters. If the race was uncontested, the margin of victory is listed as 100%.

District Winner Margin of Victory Total Vote Top Opponent
New Jersey, District 10 Democratic Party Donald Payne Jr. 77% 230,060 Brian Kelemen
New Jersey, District 11 Republican Party Rodney Frelinghuysen 18.8% 309,859 John Arvanites
New Jersey, District 12 Democratic Party Rush D. Holt, Jr. 39.7% 274,398 Eric Beck
New Jersey, District 1 Democratic Party Rob Andrews 38.3% 308,519 Greg Horton
New Jersey, District 2 Republican Party Frank LoBiondo 17.4% 289,069 Cassandra Shober
New Jersey, District 3 Republican Party Jon Runyan 8.9% 324,408 Shelley Adler
New Jersey, District 4 Republican Party Chris Smith 28.5% 306,247 Brian Froelich
New Jersey, District 5 Republican Party Scott Garrett 12.3% 304,371 Adam Gussen
New Jersey, District 6 Democratic Party Frank Pallone 28.1% 239,638 Anna Little
New Jersey, District 7 Republican Party Leonard Lance 17.1% 307,315 Upendra Chivukula
New Jersey, District 8 Democratic Party Albio Sires 59.1% 167,790 Maria Karczewski
New Jersey, District 9 Democratic Party Bill Pascrell 48.9% 220,133 Shmuley Boteach

General election candidates

This is a map of the congressional districts of New Jersey before and after the 2010 redistricting. The image also includes the partisan breakdown of the districts that are close in registration figures.
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Rob Andrews
Republican Party Greg Horton
Green Party John William Reitter
Independent Margaret Chapman
Rob Andrews Democratic Party Rob Andrews No
2nd Democratic Party Cassandra Shober
Republican Party Frank LoBiondo
Libertarian Party John Ordille
Independent David Bowen Sr.
Independent Charles Lukens
Independent Frank Faralli Jr.
Frank LoBiondo Republican Party Frank LoBiondo No
3rd Democratic Party Shelley Adler
Republican Party Jon Runyan
Independent Christopher Dennick, Jr.
Independent Robert Edward Forchion
Independent Frederick John Lavergne
Independent Robert Shapiro
Independent Robert Witterschein
Jon Runyan Republican Party Jon Runyan No
4th Democratic Party Brian Froelich
Republican Party Chris Smith
Independent Leonard Marshall
Chris Smith Republican Party Chris Smith No
5th Democratic Party Adam Gussen
Republican Party Scott Garrett
Green Party Patricia Alessandrini
Scott Garrett Republican Party Scott Garrett No
6th Democratic Party Frank Pallone
Republican Party Anna Little
Libertarian Party Len Flynn
Independent Mac Dara Lyden
Independent Herbert Tarbous
Independent Karen Zaletel
Frank Pallone Democratic Party Frank Pallone No
7th Democratic Party Upendra Chivukula
Republican Party Leonard Lance
Libertarian Party Patrick McKnight
Independent Dennis Breen
Leonard Lance Republican Party Leonard Lance No
8th Democratic Party Albio Sires
Republican Party Maria Karczewski
Independent Stephen Deluca
Independent Pablo Olivera
Independent Herbert Shaw
Bill Pascrell Democratic Party Albio Sires No
9th Democratic Party Bill Pascrell
Republican Party Shmuley Boteach
Independent E. David Smith
Independent Jeanette Woolsey
Steve Rothman Democratic Party Bill Pascrell No
10th Democratic Party Donald Payne Jr.
Republican Party Brian Kelemen
Libertarian Party Mick Erickson
Independent Joanne Miller
Donald M. Payne Democratic Party Donald Payne Jr. No
11th Democratic Party John Arvanites
Republican Party Rodney Frelinghuysen
Independent Barry Berlin
Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican Party Rodney Frelinghuysen No
12th Democratic Party Rush D. Holt, Jr.
Republican Party Eric Beck
Independent Kenneth Cody
Independent Jack Freudenheim
Rush D. Holt, Jr. Democratic Party Rush D. Holt, Jr. No
13th District Removed in Redistricting Albio Sires N/A N/A

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.

1st Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Rob Andrews Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Greg Horton
Independent Margaret Chapman
Green Party John William Reitter


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Independent Third Party

Green Party Green Party

2nd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Cassandra Shober
Republican Party Frank LoBiondo Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party John Ordille
Independent David Bowen Sr.
Independent Charles Lukens
Independent Frank Faralli Jr.


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Independent Third Party

Libertarian Party Libertarian Party

3rd Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Shelley Adler
Republican Party Jon Runyan Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Christopher Dennick, Jr.
Independent Robert Edward Forchion
Independent Frederick John Lavergne
Independent Robert Shapiro
Independent Robert Witterschein


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Independent Third Party

4th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Brian Froelich
Republican Party Chris Smith Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Leonard Marshall


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Note: Doug DeMeo withdrew before the primary[10]

Republican Party Republican primary

IndependentThird Party'

5th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Adam Gussen
Republican Party Scott Garrett Green check mark transparent.png
Green Party Patricia Alessandrini


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Green PartyGreen Party

6th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Frank Pallone Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Anna Little
Libertarian Party Len Flynn
Independent Mac Dara Lyden
Independent Herbert Tarbous
Independent Karen Zaletel


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian Party

Independent Independent Party

7th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Upendra Chivukula
Republican Party Leonard Lance Green check mark transparent.png
Libertarian Party Patrick McKnight
Independent Dennis Breen


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian Party

Independent Third Party

8th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Albio Sires Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Maria Karczewski
Independent Stephen Deluca
Independent Pablo Olivera
Independent Herbert Shaw


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Note: Washington Flores withdrew before the primary

IndependentThird Party

9th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Bill Pascrell Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Shmuley Boteach
Independent E. David Smith
Independent Jeanette Woolsey


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Independent Independent candidate

10th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Donald Payne Jr. Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Brian Kelemen
Libertarian Party Mick Erickson
Independent Joanne Miller


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian Party

IndependentThird Party

11th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party John Arvanites
Republican Party Rodney Frelinghuysen Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Barry Berlin


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Note: Sean Mack withdrew before the primary.

Republican Party Republican primary

IndependentThird Party

12th Congressional District

General election candidates

Democratic Party Rush D. Holt, Jr. Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Eric Beck
Independent Kenneth Cody
Independent Jack Freudenheim


June 5, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

IndependentThird Party


See also

External links

References

  1. New Jersey Department of State "Voter Registration Information," Accessed June 30, 2012
  2. New York Times "House Race Ratings," Accessed July 25, 2012
  3. "2011 Redistricting and 2012 Elections in New Jersey," September 2012
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 NJ.gov "U.S. House of Representatives Primary Candidates," accessed April 2, 2012
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  6. The Press of Atlantic City "Gary Stein set to challenge Rep. Frank LoBiondo; but he doesn't expect to win," December 19, 2011
  7. Press of Atlantic City "Absecon man announces challenge of LoBiondo for New Jersey House seat," accessed December 22, 2011
  8. Brick Patch "Shelley Adler, Widow of Late John Adler, To Seek 3rd District Congressional Seat," January 30, 2012
  9. PhillyBurbs.com "New congressional map favors Runyan," December 24, 2011
  10. The Times of Trenton "Opinion: U.S. economy would benefit from air quality improvements," September 13, 2011
  11. 11.0 11.1 NJ.com "Teaneck deputy mayor plans bid to unseat Scott Garrett," January 9, 2012
  12. Politicker NJ "Republican Cino running against Garrett
  13. 13.0 13.1 New Jersey Star-Ledger "Ed Potosnak no longer challenging Leonard Lance as congressional candidate," January 16, 2012
  14. 14.0 14.1 Examiner "Another Democratic primary matchup to watch," January 13, 2012
  15. NJ.com "Celebrity rabbi from Englewood mulling Republican run for Congress," February 3, 2012
  16. PolitickerNJ "Councilman Rice to vie for Newark's congressional seat," accessed December 22, 2011