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United States House of Representatives Elections in New Jersey, 2012
2012 United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey
Former U.S. Representative John Adler, who represented the 3rd district from 2009 until 2011 but lost re-election in 2010, had planned to run again; however, Adler died in April 2011.Shelley Adler, an of counsel attorney and the widow of the former congressman, ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Thomas Sacks-Wilner, a medical doctor who was considering a bid for the Democratic nomination, declined to run.
In redistricting, parts of Burlington County were removed from the district. Republican Chris Smith, who has represented the 4th congressional district since 1981, sought re-election. Terrence McGowan, a retired firefighter, police officer, and Navy SEAL, challenged Smith in the Republican primary.
Brian Froelich, a retired executive and business consultant, ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Patricia Bennett, an attorney, had also planned to run but dropped out.
Republican Scott Garrett, who has represented the 5th district since 2003, successfully sought re-election. Michael Cino, an oil executive who challenged Garrett in the Republican primary in 2006, will run again. Garret won the Republican primary by a fairly comfortable margin.
Democrat Frank Pallone, who has represented the 6th district since 1993 (and previously represented the 3rd district from 1988 until 1993), will seek re-election. Ernesto Cullari, an orthopedic practitioner, and Anna Little, the former mayor of Highlands who unsuccessfully challenged Pallone as the Republican nominee in 2010, won the Republican nomination to challenge Pallone.
Republican Leonard Lance, who has represented the 7th district since 2009, ran for re-election. The 7th district was made more favorable to Republicans in redistricting. David Larsen, a businessman who unsuccessfully challenged Lance in the Republican primary in 2010, ran again.
State AssemblymanUpendra J. Chivukula ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. At least two other candidates had announced in 2011 that they would seek the Democratic nomination, but withdraw in the months before the filing deadline: Jun Choi, the former mayor of Edison, and Ed Potosnak, a chemistry teacher and entrepreneur who unsuccessfully ran for the seat in 2010. Following the redistricting process which placed Choi's town of Edison in the 6th district, Choi announced that he would not be a candidate for Congress in 2012 and endorsed incumbent Frank Pallone. On January 16, 2012, Potosnak announced that he was dropping out of the race to accept a position as executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.
The new 8th district is the successor to the 13th district. Democrat Albio Sires, who has represented the 13th district since 2006, will seek re-election in this district. Michael Shurin, a computer programmer, will challenge Sires in the Democratic primary.
Maria Karczewski, a former commissioner of the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority, and Anthony Zanowic, who ran as an Independent against Sires in the 13th district in 2010, will seek the Republican nomination.
Albio Sires, incumbent U.S. Representative for the 13th District
Bill Pascrell, a Democrat who has represented the 8th district since 1997, and Steve Rothman, a Democrat who has represented the 9th district since 1997, both ran for the nomination in the new 9th district.Michael Wildes, the former mayor of Englewood, will not run and instead endorsed Rothman. Pascrell won the Democratic primary in June.
Democrat Donald M. Payne, who had represented the 10th district since 1989, died on March 6, 2012. As a matter of convenience and cost saving, a special election will be held in conjunction with the regularly-scheduled November general election. Voters will be asked on the November ballot to select two candidates: one to serve the remainder of Payne's term in November and December, and the other candidate to serve the full 2-year term beginning in January 2013.
On June 5, 2012, in the Democratic primary for the special election, Payne's son, Donald Payne Jr., defeated Ronald C. Rice (son of State Senator Ronald Rice) and Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith. In the Democratic primary for the full term, held on the same day, Payne Jr. competed against Rice, Smith, State Senator Nia Gill, Cathy Wright, and Dennis Flynn. He won in a landslide, garnering 60 percent of the vote. Rice received 19 percent, Gill 17 percent, and Smith, Flynn and Wright combined for about 5 percent of the vote.
In the general election held on November 6, 2012, Payne Jr. defeated Republican candidate Brian Kelemen and independent Joanne Miller for the special election to fill the remainder of his father's term.
Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen, who has represented the 11th district since 1995, will seek re-election. John Arvanites, a former mayor of Roseland, ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination to challenge Frelinghuysen.
Democrat Rush Holt, who has represented the 12th district since 1999, will seek re-election. Eric Beck, a businessman and former New Jersey director of the Concord Coalition, is running unopposed for the Republican nomination to challenge Holt. Kenneth J. Cody who ran in this district in 2010 will run again as an independent candidate. Scott Sipprelle, a venture capitalist who unsuccessfully challenged Holt as the Republican nominee in 2010, will not run.