New Jersey's 12th Congressional District
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New Jersey's 12th Congressional District
New Jersey's 12th congressional district
New Jersey's 12th congressional district (2013).svg
District map as of 2013
Representative
Distribution
  • 97.6% urban
  • 2.4% rural
Population (2018)756,016
Median income$89,457[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVID+16[2]

New Jersey's 12th congressional district is represented by Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman, who has served in Congress since 2015. The district is known for its research centers and educational institutions such as Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, Institute for Advanced Study, Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb. The district is primarily suburban in character, though it contains the state capital of Trenton as well as the smaller city of Plainfield.

History

The 12th congressional district (together with the 11th district) was created starting with the 63rd United States Congress in 1913, based on redistricting following the United States Census, 1910.

Historically, the 12th and its predecessors had been a swing district. However, redistricting following the 2000 United States Census gave the district a somewhat bluer hue than its predecessor. It absorbed most of Trenton, along with a number of other municipalities.

The redistricting made second-term Democrat Rush D. Holt Jr. considerably more secure; he had narrowly defeated freshman Republican Michael Pappas in 1998, and had only held on to his seat against Dick Zimmer (who represented the district from 1991 to 1997) by 651 votes in 2000. In 2002, despite an expensive challenge from former New Jersey Secretary of State Buster Soaries, Holt was re-elected with 61% of the vote.

Since then, the 12th has become a Democratic-leaning district, as measured by the Cook PVI.[3] In 2004, Holt was re-elected over real estate executive Bill Spadea (59-41%) and again in 2006 over former Helmetta Council President Joseph Sinagra (65-35%).

In 2008, Holt defeated Holmdel Township Deputy Mayor Alan Bateman (62-36%).

In 2010, while Democrats suffered huge House loses, Holt defeated Princeton venture capitalist Scott Sipprelle and Independent Kenneth J. Cody (53-46-1%).

The district became even more Democratic after redistricting following the 2010 census, as it lost its share of Republican-leaning Hunterdon County and Monmouth County, while being pushed further into strongly Democratic Middlesex County and gaining the overwhelmingly Democratic Union County town of Plainfield.

Holt retired in 2014, and was succeeded by State Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman.

Counties and municipalities in the district

For the 113th and successive Congresses (based on redistricting following the 2010 Census), the congressional district contains portions of four counties and 31 municipalities:[4]

Mercer County (10)

East Windsor Township, Ewing Township, Hightstown, Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township, Lawrence Township, Pennington, Princeton, Trenton and West Windsor Township

Middlesex County (14)

Cranbury Township, Dunellen, East Brunswick Township, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Middlesex, Milltown, Monroe Township, North Brunswick Township, Old Bridge Township (part, also 6th), Plainsboro Township, South Brunswick Township, South River Borough, and Spotswood Borough

Somerset County (4)

Bound Brook, Franklin Township, Manville and South Bound Brook

Union County (3)

Fanwood, Plainfield, Scotch Plains (part, also 7th)

Recent election results

Presidential races

Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 56 - 40%
2004 President Kerry 54 - 46%
2008 President Obama 58 - 41%
2012 President Obama 66.5 - 32%
2016 President Clinton 65 - 32%

List of members representing the district

Member
(District Home)
Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history Counties/Towns
District created March 4, 1913
James A. Hamill (New Jersey Congressman).jpg
James A. Hamill
(Jersey City)
Democratic March 4, 1913 -
March 3, 1921
63rd
64th
65th
66th
Redistricted from the 10th district and re-elected in 1912.
[data unknown/missing]
1913-1933
Parts of Jersey City
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Charles F. X. O'Brien
(Jersey City)
Democratic March 4, 1921 -
March 3, 1925
67th
68th
[data unknown/missing]
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Mary Teresa Norton
(Jersey City)
Democratic March 4, 1925 -
March 3, 1933
69th
70th
71st
72nd
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 13th district.
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Frederick R. Lehlbach
(Newark)
Republican March 4, 1933 -
January 3, 1937
73rd
74th
Redistricted from the 10th district and re-elected in 1932.
[data unknown/missing]
1933-1967
Parts of Essex
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Frank William Towey Jr.
([data unknown/missing])
Democratic January 3, 1937 -
January 3, 1939
75th [data unknown/missing]
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Robert Kean
(Livingston)
Republican January 3, 1939 -
January 3, 1959
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
[data unknown/missing]
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George M. Wallhauser
(Maplewood)
Republican January 3, 1959 -
January 3, 1965
86th
87th
88th
[data unknown/missing]
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Paul J. Krebs
([data unknown/missing])
Democratic January 3, 1965 -
January 3, 1967
89th [data unknown/missing]
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Florence P. Dwyer
([data unknown/missing])
Republican January 3, 1967 -
January 3, 1973
90th
91st
92nd
Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected in 1966.
[data unknown/missing]
1967-1973
Parts of Essex and Union
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Matthew John Rinaldo
(Union Township)
Republican January 3, 1973 -
January 3, 1983
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
[data unknown/missing]
Redistricted to the 7th district.
1973-1983
Parts of Union
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Jim Courter
(Hackettstown)
Republican January 3, 1983 -
January 3, 1985
98th
99th
100th
101st
Redistricted from the 13th district and re-elected in 1982.
[data unknown/missing]
1983-1985
Parts of Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren
1985-1993
Hunterdon and parts of Mercer (Princeton and West Windsor), Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren
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Dick Zimmer
(Delaware)
Republican January 3, 1991 -
January 3, 1993
102nd
103rd
104th
[data unknown/missing]
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
1993-2003
Parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Somerset
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Michael James Pappas
(Franklin)
Republican January 3, 1997 -
January 3, 1999
105th [data unknown/missing]
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Rush D. Holt Jr.
(Hopewell Township)
Democratic January 3, 1999 -
January 3, 2015
106th
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
113th
Elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
2003-2013
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Parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Somerset

2013-present
Mercer (except Hamilton and Robbinsville), Middlesex (Cranbury, Dunellen, East Brunswick, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Middlesex, Milltown, Monroe, North Brunswick, Plainsboro, South Brunswick, South River, and Spotswood), Somerset (Bound Brook, Franklin Township, Manville and South Bound Brook), and Union (Fanwood, Plainfield, and part of Scotch Plains)
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Bonnie Watson Coleman
(Ewing)
Democratic January 3, 2015 -
present
114th
115th
116th
Elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.

References

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=34&cd=12
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index - Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Barone, Michael; Richard E. Cohen (2008). The Almanac of American Politics. Washington, D.C.: National Journal Group and Atlantic Media Company. pp. 14, 1084. ISBN 978-0-89234-117-7.
  4. ^ Plan Components Report, New Jersey Redistricting Commission, December 23, 2011. Accessed November 6, 2016.

Coordinates: 40°19?25?N 74°32?32?W / 40.323514°N 74.542236°W / 40.323514; -74.542236


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