New Jersey's 7th Congressional District
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New Jersey's 7th Congressional District
New Jersey's 7th congressional district
New Jersey's 7th congressional district (2013).svg
District map as of 2013
Area595.03 sq mi (1,541.1 km2)
  • 85.81% urban
  • 14.19% rural
Population (2017)754,222
Median income$113,993[1]
Cook PVIR+3[2]

New Jersey's 7th congressional district includes all of Hunterdon County, and parts of Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties.

The district is represented by Democrat Tom Malinowski, who was elected in 2018, defeating Republican incumbent Leonard Lance.

The district from 2003 to 2013

Counties and municipalities in the district

For the 113th and successive Congresses (based on redistricting following the 2010 United States Census), the congressional district contains portions of six counties and 74 municipalities.[3]

Essex County:

Millburn (which includes the Short Hills neighborhood)

Hunterdon County (entire county):

Alexandria Township, Bethlehem Township, Bloomsbury, Califon, Clinton Town, Clinton Township, Delaware Township, East Amwell Township, Flemington, Franklin Township, Frenchtown, Glen Gardner, Hampton, High Bridge, Holland Township, Kingwood Township, Lambertville, Lebanon Borough, Lebanon Township, Milford, Raritan Township, Readington Township, Stockton, Tewksbury Township, Union Township and West Amwell Township

Morris County:

Chester Borough, Chester Township, Dover, Long Hill Township, Mine Hill Township, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive Township, Netcong, Roxbury Township, Washington Township and Wharton

Somerset County:

Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Branchburg Township, Bridgewater Township, Far Hills, Green Brook Township, Hillsborough Township, Millstone, Montgomery Township, North Plainfield, Peapack-Gladstone, Raritan, Rocky Hill, Somerville, Warren Township and Watchung

Union County:

Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Garwood, Kenilworth, Mountainside, New Providence, Scotch Plains (part), Springfield, Summit, Union Township (part), Westfield and Winfield Township

Warren County:

Alpha, Franklin Township, Greenwich Township, Harmony Township, Lopatcong Township, Phillipsburg and Pohatcong Township


In the 2012 general election, Republican incumbent Leonard Lance held his seat against Democratic challenger Upendra J. Chivukula.[4] In the 2010 general election, Democratic challenger Ed Potosnak challenged Lance, but Lance defeated Potosnak by a margin of 59% to 41%. For the 2012 election, both Potosnak and former Edison Mayor Jun Choi announced their candidacies for the Democratic nomination.[5][6] Choi dropped out of the race in December 2011 after redistricting left his Edison home outside the 7th District. Potosnak dropped out of the race in January 2012 to take a position as executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, leaving a momentarily empty field for the Democratic nomination.[7]

In 2008, Mike Ferguson (who had first been elected in 2000, replacing Bob Franks) did not seek another term. Linda Stender won the Democratic nomination unopposed, while Republican primary voters chose State Senator Leonard Lance in a field of eight candidates. In the general election, Lance defeated Assemblywoman Linda Stender by a margin of 25,833 votes.[8]

Effect of 2000 redistricting

New Jersey's 7th district and the 12th district were redistricted after the 2000 census by a bipartisan panel. By consensus of the panel, the Democratic and Republican parties agreed to trade areas in the two districts to make them safer for their respective incumbents. It is likely that this tradeoff, which made New Jersey's 7th less competitive for Democrats, had an effect on the outcome of 2006 election, which was decided by approximately 3,000 votes. Areas of the former 7th district such as Somerset in Franklin Township (Somerset County) that had historically voted reliably Democratic were moved into the adjacent 12th district to shore up the Democratic incumbent's hold on there, while reliably Republican Millburn was removed from the 7th, and instead split between the 10th and 11th districts. Despite the redistricting, NJ-07 was still the most competitive House district in New Jersey, and was the only one considered to be in play in 2006 by political pundits.

Election of 2018

In the 2018 election, Tom Malinowski,[9] former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, was considered the front runner among the Democrats challenging Republican incumbent Leonard Lance.[10][11] Malinowski was endorsed by Westfield teacher/attorney Lisa Mandelblatt and attorney Scott Salmon when they withdrew from the race in February 2018.[12][13] Other candidates in the Democratic primary included lawyer Goutam Jois;[14] and social worker Peter Jacob, who was defeated by Lance in the 2016 election. Green Party of New Jersey member Diane Moxley also announced her intent to run for the seat.[15] Lindsay Brown, a product manager at the New York Post and a self-described progressive, ran in the Republican primary against Lance.[16]Berkeley Heights banking executive Linda Weber[17] and environmental advocate David Pringle[18] withdrew in March 2018.

During the fourth quarter of 2017, the Malinowski campaign raised $528,000 while the incumbent Lance raised $237,000. Jois raised $189,000 and Jacob raised $29,000.[11][19]

Malinowski won the Democratic nomination in the June primary.[20]

2018 primary results

In the Democratic primary Malinowski prevailed with 26,059 votes and 66.8% of the vote. Jacob finished second with 7,467 votes and 19.1% of the vote.[21]

Lance won the Republican primary with 74.9%, and 24,856 votes.[21][22]

Demographic shifts

The district has turned from a once reliable Republican district into a competitive district as it has become more ethnically mixed with Caucasians comprising, as of 2009, 79% of the district, African Americans 5.7%, Asians 11% and Latinos 10%. In addition, the district is home to a large group of foreign-born residents, totaling 131,000 or 20% of the population.[23] The district has the 5th highest median income in the nation.[24]


2004 New Jersey 7th District General Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Ferguson 162,597 56.9% -1.1
Democratic Steve Brozak 119,081 41.7% +.8
Independent Thomas Abrams 2,153 .8% N/A
Independent Matthew Williams 2,046 .7% N/A
Majority 43,516 15.2%
Turnout 285,877
Republican hold Swing +1.0%
2006 New Jersey 7th District General Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Ferguson 98,399 49.4% -7.5
Democratic Linda Stender 95,454 48.0% +6.3
Independent Thomas Abrams 3,176 1.6% +.8%
Libertarian Darren Young 2,046 1.0% N/A
Majority 2,945 1.5% -13.7
Turnout 199,075
Republican hold Swing +6.9%
2008 New Jersey 7th District General Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Leonard Lance 142,092 50.8% +1.4
Democratic Linda Stender 116,255 41.6% -6.4
Independent Michael Hsing 15,826 5.7% N/A
Independent Dean Greco 3,008 1.1% N/A
Independent Thomas Abrams 2,408 .9% -.7
Majority 25,837 9.2% +7.7
Turnout 279,589
Republican hold Swing -3.9%
2010 New Jersey 7th District General Election[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Leonard Lance 104,642 59.4%
Democratic Ed Potosnak 71,486 40.6%
Majority 33,156 18.9%
Turnout 176,128
Republican hold Swing
2012 New Jersey 7th District General Election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Leonard Lance 175,662 57.2%
Democratic Upendra Chivukula 123,057 40.0%
Independent Dennis Breen 4,518 1.5%
Libertarian Patrick McKnight 4,078 1.3%
Majority 52,605 17.1%
Turnout 307,315
Republican hold Swing
2014 New Jersey 7th District General Election [26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Leonard Lance 104,287 59.25%
Democratic Janice Kovach 68,232 38.77%
Libertarian Jim Gawron 3,478 1.98%
Majority 36,055 20.5%
Turnout 175,997
Republican hold Swing
2016 New Jersey 7th District General Election [27][28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Leonard Lance 185,850 54.08%
Democratic Peter Jacob 148,188 43.12%
Libertarian Dan O'Neill 5,343 1.56%
Conservative Arthur T. Haussmann, Jr. 4,254 1.24%
Majority 37,662 10.96%
Turnout 343,635
Republican hold Swing
2018 New Jersey 7th District General Election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Tom Malinowski 166,985 51.7
Republican Leonard Lance 150,785 46.7
Green Diane Moxley 2,676 0.8
Independent Gregg Mele 2,296 0.7
Total votes 322,742 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

Recent election results from presidential races

Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 49 - 48%
2004 President Bush 53 - 47%
2008 President Obama 51 - 48%
2012 President Romney 52.5 - 46.3%
2016 President Clinton 48.6 - 47.5%

List of members representing the district

Party Years Cong
Electoral history Counties/Towns
District created March 4, 1873
Isaac W. Scudder
(Jersey City)
Republican March 4, 1873 -
March 3, 1875
43rd Elected in 1872.
Hudson County
Augustus Albert Hardenbergh
(Jersey City)
Democratic March 4, 1875 -
March 3, 1879
Elected in 1874.
Re-elected in 1876.
Lewis A. Brigham
(Jersey City)
Republican March 4, 1879 -
March 3, 1881
46th Elected in 1878.
Lost re-election.
Augustus Albert Hardenbergh
(Jersey City)
Democratic March 4, 1881 -
March 3, 1883
47th Elected in 1880.
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William McAdoo
(Jersey City)
Democratic March 4, 1883 -
March 3, 1891
Elected in 1882.
Re-elected in 1884.
Re-elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Lost renomination.
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Edward F. McDonald
Democratic March 4, 1891 -
November 5, 1892
52nd Elected in 1890.
Vacant November 5, 1892 -
March 3, 1893
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George Bragg Fielder
(Jersey City)
Democratic March 4, 1893 -
March 3, 1895
53rd Elected in 1892.
Harrison, Hoboken, Jersey City, and Kearney (including present-day East Newark)
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Thomas McEwan Jr.
(Jersey City)
Republican March 4, 1895 -
March 3, 1899
Elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Hudson County (except Bayonne)
William Davis Daly
Democratic March 4, 1899 -
July 31, 1900
56th Elected in 1898.
Vacant July 31, 1900 -
December 3, 1900
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Allan Langdon McDermott
(Jersey City)
Democratic December 3, 1900 -
March 3, 1903
Elected to finish Daly's term.
Redistricted to the 10th district.
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Richard W. Parker
Republican March 4, 1903 -
March 3, 1911
Redistricted from the 6th district and re-elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
[data unknown/missing]
Northern Essex County (excluding Irvington, Maplewood, Millburn, South Orange, and parts of Newark)
Edward W. Townsend
Democratic March 4, 1911 -
March 3, 1913
62nd Elected in 1910.
Redistricted to the 10th district.
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Robert G. Bremner
Democratic March 4, 1913 -
February 5, 1914
63rd Elected in 1912.
Southern Passaic County (Clifton, Haledon, Hawthorne, Little Falls, North Haledon, Passaic, Paterson, Prospect Park, Totowa, Wayne, and West Paterson)
Vacant February 5, 1914 -
April 7, 1914
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Dow H. Drukker
Republican April 7, 1914 -
March 3, 1919
Elected to finish Bremner's term.
Re-elected later in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
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Amos H. Radcliffe
Republican March 4, 1919 -
March 3, 1923
Elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Lost re-election.
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George N. Seger
Republican March 4, 1923 -
March 3, 1933
Elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Redistricted to the 8th district.
Randolph Perkins
(Woodcliff Lake)
Republican March 4, 1933 -
May 25, 1936
Elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Huntderon, Sussex, Warren, parts of Bergen and northern Passaic (Ringwood and West Miford)
Vacant May 25, 1936 -
January 3, 1937
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J. Parnell Thomas
Republican January 3, 1937 -
January 2, 1950
Elected in 1936
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Resigned upon being convicted of fraud.
Vacant January 2, 1950 -
February 6, 1950
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William B. Widnall
Republican February 6, 1950 -
December 31, 1974
Elected to finish Thomas's term.
Re-elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Lost re-election and resigned.
Western Bergen County
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Andrew Maguire
Democratic January 3, 1975 -
January 3, 1981
Elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Lost re-election.
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Marge Roukema
Republican January 3, 1981 -
January 3, 1983
97th Elected in 1980.
Redistricted to the 5th district.
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Matthew John Rinaldo
(Union Township)
Republican January 3, 1983 -
January 3, 1993
Redistricted from the 12th district and Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1990.
Parts of Mercer (Princeton and Princeton Borough), Middlesex (Cranbury, Jamesburg, Monroe, North Brunswick, South Brunswick), Monmouth (Freehold, Freehold Borough, Marlboro, and Millstone), eastern Somerset, and Union
Parts of Essex (Millburn), Middlesex (Dunellen and Middlesex Borough), Somerset, and Union
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Bob Franks
Republican January 3, 1993 -
January 3, 2001
Elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
Parts of Essex, Middlesex, Somerset, and Union
Mike Ferguson
(Warren Township)
Republican January 3, 2001 -
January 3, 2009
Elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Parts of Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, and Union
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Leonard Lance
(Clinton Township)
Republican January 3, 2009 -
January 3, 2019
Elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Lost re-election.
Hunterdon and parts of Essex (Millburn), Morris, Somerset, Union and Warren
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Tom Malinowski
(East Amwell Township)
Democratic January 3, 2019 -
116th Elected in 2018.


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Coordinates: 40°36?N 74°30?W / 40.60°N 74.50°W / 40.60; -74.50

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