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NEW JERSEY

new-jerseyPopulation: 8,958,013 (2015)

Filing deadline: April 4, 2016.

Primary: June 7, 2016.

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New Jersey (D+6) was once a swing state, but has veered left in the last few decades. As of 2010, it is 62% White, 12% Black, 16% Hispanic and 8% Asian.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 14. New Jersey is a solid state for the Dems in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Democrats.

Bob Menendez. (Pic: Congress)

Bob Menendez. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Bob Menendez (D)
Committees: Foreign Relations, Banking & Housing, Finance.

Democratic nominee: Bob Menendez
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2018.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Lawyer Bob Menendez (b.1954) served in the State Legislature and then 6 terms in the House before he was appointed Senator in 2006. He took 59% in 2012. Menendez has had his share of legal and ethical problems and is not safe in 2018.

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Cory Booker. (Pic: Congress)

Cory Booker. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 2: Cory Booker (D)
Committees: Commerce, Environment, Homeland Security, Small Business.

Democratic nomineeCory Booker
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2020.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Lawyer and Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election in 2013. He took 56% in 2014.

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Representatives: 12 Representatives; 6 from each party.

Donald Norcross. (Pic: Congress)

Donald Norcross. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
RepresentativeDonald Norcross (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Budget.

Democratic nomineeDonald Norcross
Republican nomineeBob Patterson

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+13) covers the southwestern areas of the state, including suburbs of Philadelphia. i den sørvestlige del av staten and omfatter forsteder til Philadelphia. It is 69% White, 15% Black and 10% Hispanic. State Senator Donald Norcross (b.1958) won it in a special election in 2014 and held it in November with 57%. The GOP is running businessman Bob Patterson.

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Frank LoBiondo. (Pic: Congress)

Frank LoBiondo. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Frank LoBiondo (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Transportation, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: Dave Cole
Republican nominee: Frank LoBiondo

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+1) covers the southern parts of the state, including Atlantic City. It is 71% White, 12% Black and 12% Hispanic. Businessman and State Representative Frank LoBiondo (b.1946) was first elected in 1994. He took 62% in 2014. The Dems nominated businessman Dave Cole.

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Tom MacArthur. (Pic: Congress)

Tom MacArthur. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Tom MacArthur (R)
Committees:  Armed Forces, Natural Resources.

Democratic nominee: Frederick John LaVergne
Republican nomineeTom MacArthur

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+1) contains south central areas, from the coast to the Pennsylvania border. It is 80% White and 10% Black. Businessman and Mayor Tom MacArthur (b.1960) held the seat for the GOP with 55% in 2014. The Dems nominated loan officer Frederick John LaVergne.

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Christopher Smith. (Pic: Congress)

Christopher Smith. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Christopher Smith (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nomineeLorna Phillipson
Republican nominee: Chris­topher Smith

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+7) covers central parts, including Trenton. It is 81% White and 9% Hispanic. Businessman and activist Christopher Smith (b.1953) was first elected in 1980 and took 68% in 2014. The Dems are fielding retired investor Lorna Phillipson.

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Scott Garrett. (Pic: Congress)

Scott Garrett. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Scott Garrett (R)
Committees: Budget, Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeJosh Gottheimer
Republican nominee: Scott Gar­rett

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+4) lies in the north and covers the border areas with Pennsylvania to the west and New York to the east. It is 75% White, 10% Hispanic and 9% Asian. Lawyer and State Representative Scott Garrett (b.1959) was first elected in 2002. He took 56% in 2014, but several of his big money donors have turned against him due to his fierce opposition to gay rights. The Dems are running former speechwriter to Bill Clinton, communications executive Josh Gottheimer.

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Frank Pallone. (Pic: Congress)

Frank Pallone. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Frank Pallone Jr (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: Frank Pal­lone Jr
Republican nomineeBrent Sonnek-Schmelz

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+8) covers eastern parts along the New York border. It is 55% White, 9% Black, 18% Hispanic and 17% Asian. Lawyer and State Senator Frank Pallone (b.1951) won a special election in 1988 and took 60% in 2014. The GOP nominee is lawyer Brent Sonnek-Schmelz.

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Leonard Lance. (Pic: Congress)

Leonard Lance. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Leonard Lance (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nomineePeter Jacob
Republican nominee: Leo­nard Lance

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+5) covers western parts of the state, with a thin sliver out towards New York. It is 77% White and 10% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Senator Leonard Lance (b.1952) was first elected in 2008 and took 59% in 2014. The Democratic candidate is activist Peter Jacob.

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Albio Sires. (Pic: Congress)

Albio Sires. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Albio Sires (D)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Albio Sires
Republican nomineeAgha Khan

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+24) covers parts of Newark and urban areas along the New York border. It is 30% White and 50% Hispanic. Businessman and State Representative Albio Sires (b.1951) won a special election in 2006 and took 77% in 2014. The GOP candidate is IT-analyst Agha Khan.

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Bill Pascrell Jr. (Pic: Congress)

Bill Pascrell Jr. (Pic: Congress)

District 9
Representative: Bill Pascrell Jr (D)
Committees: Ways and Means, Budget.

Democratic nominee: Bill Pascrell Jr
Republican nomineeHector Castillo

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+14) covers the urbane area north of the 8th and is 45% White, 10% Black, 31% Hispanic and 12% Asian. Teacher and State Representative Bill Pascrell (b.1937) first won the seat in 1996 and took 69% in 2014. The GOP candidate is physician Hector Castillo.

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Donald Payne Jr. (Pic: Congress)

Donald Payne Jr. (Pic: Congress)

District 10
Representative: Donald Payne Jr (D)
Committees: Homeland Security, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: Donald Payne Jr
Republican nominee: David Pinckney

Rating, Sep 1, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 16, 2016:
The district (D+34) includes most of Newark and surrounding areas. It is 24% White, 50% Black and 17% Hispanic. Newark Councilman and County Freeholder Donald Payne (b.1958) won a special election after his late Congressman father in 2012. He got 86% in 2014. The GOP is running teacher David Pinckney.

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Rod Frelinghuysen. (Pic: Congress)

Rod Frelinghuysen. (Pic: Congress)

District 11
Representative: Rod Frelinghuysen (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Joe Wenzel
Republican nominee: Rod Fre­ling­huysen

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (R+6) covers northern, central parts of the state and is 79% White. County Freeholder and State Representative Rod Frelinghuysen (b.1946) was first elected in 1994 and took 63% in 2014. The Dems nominated lawyer Joe Wenzel.

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Bonnie Watson-Coleman. (Pic: Congress)

Bonnie Watson-Coleman. (Pic: Congress)

District 12
Representative: Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D)
Committees: Oversight, Homeland Security

Democratic nomineeBonnie Watson-Coleman
Republican nomineeSteven Uccio

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Sep 1, 2016:
The district (D+14) covers central parts of the state northeast of Trenton. It is 54% White, 17% Black, 14% Hispanic and 14% Asian. State Representative Bonnie Watson-Coleman (b.1945) has held several administrative and political jobs in New Jersey. She held the seat for the Dems with 61% in 2014. The GOP nominee is businessman Steven Uccio.

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STATE LEVEL

Chris Christie. (Pic: State of NJ)

Chris Christie. (Pic: State of NJ)

Governor: Chris Christie (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2017.

Status, May 16, 2016:
Lawyer and Federal prosceutor Chris Christie (b.1962) was first elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 with 60%. He ran for president in 2016, but threw in the towel in February. New Jersey starts out as moderately Democratic, so until I have an idea of who’s running, this race starts as Leans Dem.

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Kim Guadagno. (Pic: State of NJ)

Kim Guadagno. (Pic: State of NJ)

Lieutenant Governor: Kim Gua­dagno (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 16, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2017.

Status, May 16, 2016:
The LG is picked by the party’s gubernatorial nominee and elected on the same ticket, Lawyer and County Sheriff Kim Gua­dagno (b.1959) became the state’s first LG in 2009.

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State Senate: 40 (24 D / 16 R). Term: 2 and 4 years. Elections in 2017.
State House: 80 (51D / 29R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2017.

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