2010 United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey
All thirteen New Jersey seats to the United States House of Representatives
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|Elections in New Jersey|
The 2010 congressional elections in New Jersey were held on November 4, 2010 to determine who would represent the state of New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives. New Jersey has thirteen seats in the House, apportioned according to the 2000 United States Census. Representatives are elected for two-year terms; those elected will serve in the 111th Congress from January 2011 until January 2013.
|United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey, 2010|
|1||Rob Andrews||Re-election||Rob Andrews||Dale Glading||Mark Heacock (G)||Margaret Chapman||Nicky Petrutz|
|2||Frank LoBiondo||Re-election||Gary Stein||Frank LoBiondo||Peter Boyce (C)||Mark Lovett||Vitov Valdes-Munoz|
|3||John Adler||Re-election||John Adler||Jon Runyan||Russ Conger (L)||Peter DeStefano (Tea)||Lawrence Donahue|
|4||Chris Smith||Re-election||Howard Kleinhendler||Chris Smith||Steven Welzer (G)||Joe Siano (L)||David Meiswinkle|
|5||Scott Garrett||Re-election||Tod Thiese||Scott Garrett||Ed Fanning (G)||Mark Quick||James Radigan|
|6||Frank Pallone||Re-election||Frank Pallone||Anna C. Little||Jack Freudenheim||Karen Anne Zaletel|
|7||Leonard Lance||Re-election||Ed Potosnak||Leonard Lance|
|8||Bill Pascrell||Re-election||Bill Pascrell||Roland Straten||Ray Giangrasso|
|9||Steve Rothman||Re-election||Steve Rothman||Michael Agosta||Patricia Alessandrini (G)|
|10||Donald M. Payne||Re-election||Donald M. Payne||Michael Alonso||Joanne Miller||Robert Louis Toussaint|
|11||Rodney Frelinghuysen||Re-election||Douglas Herbert||Rodney Frelinghuysen||Jim Gawron (L)|
|12||Rush D. Holt Jr.||Re-election||Rush D. Holt Jr.||Scott M. Sipprelle||Kenneth Cody|
|13||Albio Sires||Re-election||Albio Sires||Henrietta Dwyer||Maximo Gomez Nacer||Anthony Zanowic|
|United States House of Representatives elections in New Jersey, 2010|
|Party||Votes||Percentage||Seats Before||Seats After||+/–|
Democrat Rob Andrews has been in congress since 1991. He won re-election in 2008 with 72%. His 2010 Republican opponent is Dale Glading. CQ Politics rates this election as Safe Democrat.
Republican Frank LoBiondo has been in congress since 1994. He won re-election in 2008 with 59%. His 2010 Democratic opponent is Gary Stein. CQ Politics rates this election as Safe Republican.
Democratic incumbent John Adler is running for reelection, challenged by Republican nominee Jon Runyan, NJ Tea Party nominee Peter DeStefano, Libertarian nominee Russ Conger, and Your Country Again nominee Lawrence J. Donahue.
Retired NFL player Jon Runyan was a star offensive lineman who played most of his career with the nearby Philadelphia Eagles (the Southern Jersey district is a suburb of Philadelphia). In May he took the unusual step of revealing some controversial information about himself: that he was late to pay some taxes and was sued in some business dealings. He says he is "a different type of candidate" by acknowledging his mistakes. With $1.7 million in Adler's campaign account back in April, he has a major cash advantage. CQ Politics rates this election as Lean Democrat. Cook rates the district at R+1.
On October 8, 2010, CourierPostOnline.com reported that Steve Ayscue, the paid head of operations for the Camden County Democratic Committee (CCDC), and Geoff Mackler, sent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to manage John Adler's campaign, devised a plan to put a candidate on the ballot to divert votes from Republican Jon Runyan. They presented the plan at CCDC Headquarters during a May 26 meeting of the South Jersey Young Democrats, and some of those present joined in circulating a petition to place Peter DeStefano, owner-operator of a picture-framing business, on the ballot. DeStefano will appear on the "NJ Tea Party" line on the November 2 ballot. The article reports, "A Democratic operative with knowledge of the Adler campaign's operation said Ayscue is in charge of the campaign website, Facebook and Twitter accounts promoting the DeStefano campaign." 
In 2008, State Senator John Adler defeated Chris Myers, a town councilman, with 52% of the vote, while Obama carried the district with the same amount.
Adler died on April 4, 2011, four months after his defeat.
|Poll Source||Dates Administered||John Adler (D)||Jon Runyan (R)||Peter DeStafano (I)||Undecided|
|Monmouth University||October 22–25, 2010||43%||48%||-||4%|
|Rutgers-Eagleton||October 23–24, 2010||46%||45%||4%||6%|
|Stockton/Zogby||October 18–22, 2010||37%||40%||4.9%||16%|
|The Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Press Media Poll||September 24–28, 2010||42%||39%||4%||13%|
|Rutgers-Eagleton||September 23–26, 2010||44%||38%||6%||12%|
|Stockton/Zogby||September 21–23, 2010||38%||30%||7.6%||23%|
|Rutgers University||August 5–8, 2010||31%||25%||4%||--|
|Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research†||June 27–30, 2010||51%||34%||12%||--|
†Internal poll for Adler campaign
Republican Chris Smith has been in congress since 1980. In 2008, he won re-election with 66%. His 2010 Democratic opponent is Howard Kleinhendler. CQ Politics rates this election as Safe Republican.
Republican Scott Garrett has been in Congress since 2002. In 2008, he won re-election with 56% of the vote. His 2010 Democratic opponent was Tod Thiese. Ed Fanning was the Green Party Candidate. CQ Politics rated this election as Safe Republican.
Democrat Frank Pallone has been in congress since 1988. In 2008, he won re-election with 67%. His 2010 Republican opponent is Anna Little, the Mayor of Highlands. CQ Politics rates this election as Safe Democrat.
Republican Leonard Lance is a Freshman. In 2008, State Senator and Minority Leader Lance defeated Assemblywoman Linda Stender with 50%. The Democratic challenger is former high school science teacher Ed Potosnak, who if elected would be the first openly gay member of New Jersey's congressional delegation. Despite the bare majority received by Lance in the 2008 election, CQ Politics rates this election as Safe Republican.
Democrat Bill Pascrell has been in congress since 1996. In 2008, he won re-election with 71%. His 2010 Republican opponent is Roland Straten. CQ Politics rates this election as Safe Democrat.
Democrat Steve Rothman has been in congress since 1996. In 2008, he won re-election with 68%. His 2010 Republican opponent is Michael Agosta. CQ Politics rates this election as Safe Democrat.
Democrat Don Payne has been in congress since 1988. In 2008, he won re-election unopposed. His 2010 Republican opponent is Michael Alonso. CQ Politics rates this election as Safe Democrat.
Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen has been in congress since 1994. In 2008, he won re-election with 62%. His 2010 Democratic opponent is Army veteran and attorney Douglas Herbert. CQ Politics rates this election as Safe Republican.
Holt has represented the district since 1998. In 2008, he won re-election with 63%. CQ Politics rates this election as Safe Democrat, Cook Political Report rates it Likely Democrat, and Real Clear Politics rates it as Lean Democrat.
|Poll Source||Dates Administered||Rush Holt (D)||Scott Sipprelle (R)||Undecided|
|National Research||October 27, 2010||42%||43%||-|
|Monmouth University||October 25–27, 2010||51%||43%||4%|
|Monmouth University||October 9–12, 2010||51%||46%||3%|
Democrat Albio Sires has been in congress since 2006. In 2008, he won re-election with 75%. His 2010 Republican opponent is Henrietta Dwyer. CQ Politics rates this election as Safe Democrat.
- Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives - 404
- Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Jane Roh (2010-10-08). "Dems picked spoiler candidate". CourierPostOnline.com. Retrieved 2010-10-08.
- "The Cook Political Report - Charts - 2010 House Competitive Races". Cookpolitical.com. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
- "2010 Election Maps - Battle for the House". RealClearPolitics. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
- Division of Elections at the New Jersey Secretary of State
- U.S. Congress candidates for New Jersey at Project Vote Smart
- New Jersey U.S. House from OurCampaigns.com
- Campaign contributions for U.S. Congressional races in New Jersey from OpenSecrets.org
- 2010 New Jersey General Election graph of multiple polls from Pollster.com
- House - New Jersey from the Cook Political Report
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