2015 New Jersey elections
|Elections in New Jersey|
A general election was held in the U.S. state of New Jersey on November 3, 2015. Primary elections were held on June 2. The only state positions up in this election cycle were all 80 seats in the New Jersey General Assembly and one Senate special election in the 5th Legislative District. In addition to the State Legislative elections, numerous county offices and freeholders in addition to municipal offices were up for election. There were no statewide ballot questions this year though some counties and municipalities may have had a local question asked. Non-partisan local elections, some school board elections, and some fire district elections also happened throughout the year.
- 1 State Legislature
- 1.1 Senate
- 1.2 General Assembly
- 1.2.1 Overall results
- 1.2.2 List of races
- 18.104.22.168 District 1
- 22.214.171.124 District 2
- 126.96.36.199 District 3
- 188.8.131.52 District 4
- 184.108.40.206 District 5
- 220.127.116.11 District 6
- 18.104.22.168 District 7
- 22.214.171.124 District 8
- 126.96.36.199 District 9
- 188.8.131.52 District 10
- 184.108.40.206 District 11
- 220.127.116.11 District 12
- 18.104.22.168 District 13
- 22.214.171.124 District 14
- 126.96.36.199 District 15
- 188.8.131.52 District 16
- 184.108.40.206 District 17
- 220.127.116.11 District 18
- 18.104.22.168 District 19
- 22.214.171.124 District 20
- 126.96.36.199 District 21
- 188.8.131.52 District 22
- 184.108.40.206 District 23
- 220.127.116.11 District 24
- 18.104.22.168 District 25
- 22.214.171.124 District 26
- 126.96.36.199 District 27
- 188.8.131.52 District 28
- 184.108.40.206 District 29
- 220.127.116.11 District 30
- 18.104.22.168 District 31
- 22.214.171.124 District 32
- 126.96.36.199 District 33
- 188.8.131.52 District 34
- 184.108.40.206 District 35
- 220.127.116.11 District 36
- 18.104.22.168 District 37
- 22.214.171.124 District 38
- 126.96.36.199 District 39
- 188.8.131.52 District 40
- 2 References
- 3 External links
The entire Senate is up in years ending in 1, 3, and 7; as there is no gubernatorial election coinciding with the years ending in 5 or 9 in this decade, the General Assembly races are the highest races listed on ballots for the first time since 1999. A very low turnout was expected due to the lack of Presidential, Congressional, or gubernatorial elections on the ballot this year. The predictions turned out to be true as the 22% turnout was the lowest percentage recorded in recent state history.
One special election was held in the 5th Legislative District to fill the remaining term of Donald Norcross. Norcross resigned in November 2014 following his election to Congress. In December 2014, 5th District Democrats appointed former Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez to the seat. Cruz-Perez was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced no challengers in the special election. The Democratic Party holds a majority of seats in the Senate with 24 seats; the Republican Party holds 16 seats. The results of this election did not affect the standings of either party in the upper house.
|Democratic||Nilsa Cruz-Perez (incumbent)||19,150||98.5|
All 80 seats in the New Jersey General Assembly
41 seats needed for a majority
All 80 seats in the General Assembly were up for election this year. In each Legislative district, there are two people elected; the top two winners in the general election are the ones sent to the Assembly. Typically, the two members of each party run as a team in each election. In the 2013 election, Democrats captured 48 seats while the Republicans won 32 seats. At the time of the general election, there were two vacancies: One in the 5th District resulting from Democrat Angel Fuentes's resignation on June 30, 2015 and one in the 24th District resulting from Republican Alison Littell McHose's resignation on October 17, 2015. Ultimately four Democrats defeated four incumbent Republicans leading to the Democrats controlling 52 of 80 seats in the 2016–17 Assembly session, the highest percentage they held since 1979.
Summary of the November 3, 2015 New Jersey General Assembly election results:
List of races
|Democratic||Bob Andrzejczak (incumbent)||20,231||27.9|
|Democratic||R. Bruce Land||19,140||26.4|
|Republican||Sam Fiocchi (incumbent)||16,818||23.2|
|One Democratic gain from Republican|
|Republican||Chris A. Brown (incumbent)||18,959||26.5|
|Democratic||Vince Mazzeo (incumbent)||18,279||25.5|
|One Democratic and one Republican hold|
|Democratic||John J. Burzichelli (incumbent)||20,507||28.5|
|Democratic||Adam Taliaferro (incumbent)||19,480||27.0|
|Republican||Samuel J. Maccarone Jr.||16,063||22.3|
|Republican||Leroy P. Pierce III||14,715||20.4|
|The Peoples Voice||John Kalnas||1,223||1.7|
|Democratic||Paul Moriarty (incumbent)||17,454||30.4|
|Democratic||Gabriela Mosquera (incumbent)||17,147||29.9|
|Republican||Kevin P. Murphy||11,592||20.2|
Incumbent Angel Fuentes originally ran in the Democratic primary but withdrew his candidacy in June 2015 when he became a deputy county clerk in Camden County. Fuentes and Marianne Holly Cass were replaced on the Democratic ballot by Arthur Barclay and Pat Jones and Ralph Williams was replaced by Keith Walker on the Republican ticket.
|Democratic||Patricia Egan Jones||16,766||32.0|
|Republican||Keith A. Walker||8,717||17.7|
|Republican||Kevin P. Ehret||8,045||16.3|
|Democratic||Louis Greenwald (incumbent)||21,087||32.6|
|Democratic||Pamela Rosen Lampitt (incumbent)||20,028||31.0|
|Republican||Claire H. Gustafson||10,679||16.5|
|Democratic||Herb Conaway (incumbent)||22,559||30.9|
|Democratic||Troy Singleton (incumbent)||22,056||30.3|
|Republican||Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (incumbent)||18,317||49.5|
|Republican||Brian E. Rumpf (incumbent)||24,325||33.4|
|Republican||DiAnne Gove (incumbent)||23,676||32.5|
|Republican||David W. Wolfe (incumbent)||19,882||31.9|
|Republican||Gregory P. McGuckin (incumbent)||18,543||29.7|
|Democratic||Kimberley S. Casten||12,302||19.7|
|Republican||Mary Pat Angelini (incumbent)||14,653||24.7|
|Republican||Caroline Casagrande (incumbent)||14,418||24.4|
|Two Democratic gains from Republican|
|Republican||Ronald S. Dancer (incumbent)||15,164||29.4|
|Republican||Robert D. Clifton (incumbent)||14,433||28.0|
|Democratic||David W. Merwin||10,496||20.4|
|Democratic||Robert P. Kurzydlowski||10,449||20.3|
|Green||Stephen Zielinski Sr.||945||1.8|
|Write-ins||Personal choice[n 1]||85||0.2|
|Republican||Amy Handlin (incumbent)||19,829||30.3|
|Republican||Declan O'Scanlon (incumbent)||18,977||29.0|
|Jobs, Sidewalks, Transit||Joshua Leinsdorf||770||1.2|
|Democratic||Wayne DeAngelo (incumbent)||22,319||30.2|
|Democratic||Daniel R. Benson (incumbent)||21,187||28.7|
|Republican||David C. Jones||14,474||19.6|
|Write-ins||Personal choice[n 1]||23||0.0|
|Democratic||Reed Gusciora (incumbent)||17,657||35.7|
|Democratic||Elizabeth Maher Muoio (incumbent)||16,845||34.1|
|Republican||Anthony L. Giordano||7,502||15.2|
|Republican||Peter Mendonez Jr.||7,345||14.9|
On election night, the returns initially showed incumbent Republican Donna Simon ahead of Democrat Andrew Zwicker. That night, Zwicker delivered a concession speech though later returns that night put him ahead of Simon. After all provisional ballots were counted in the four counties comprising the district, Simon conceded on November 16. Zwicker becomes the first Democrat to ever represent the 16th legislative district.
|Republican||Jack Ciattarelli (incumbent)||16,577||25.4|
|Republican||Donna Simon (incumbent)||16,230||24.9|
|Write-ins||Personal choice[n 1]||29||0.0|
|One Republican hold, one Democratic gain from Republican|
|Democratic||Joseph V. Egan (incumbent)||13,444||33.9|
|Democratic||Joseph Danielsen (incumbent)||13,426||33.9|
|Democratic||Patrick J. Diegnan (incumbent)||16,256||31.9|
|Democratic||Nancy Pinkin (incumbent)||16,113||31.6|
|Republican||Teresa Rose Hutchison||9,432||18.5|
|Democratic||John Wisniewski (incumbent)||16,159||36.3|
|Democratic||Craig Coughlin (incumbent)||15,880||35.6|
|Republican||Thomas E. Maras||6,597||14.8|
|Democratic||Annette Quijano (incumbent)||12,061||39.3|
|Democratic||Jamel Holley (incumbent)||11,568||37.7|
|Republican||Stephen E. Kozlovich||3,593||11.7|
|Republican||Jon Bramnick (incumbent)||20,024||29.9|
|Republican||Nancy Munoz (incumbent)||19,783||29.5|
|Democratic||Jill Anne LaZare||13,804||20.6|
|Write-ins||Personal choice[n 1]||49||0.1|
|Democratic||James J. Kennedy||12,087||30.5|
|Democratic||Jerry Green (incumbent)||11,769||29.7|
|Republican||William H. Michelson||7,666||19.3|
|Write-ins||Personal choice[n 1]||47||0.1|
|Republican||John DiMaio (incumbent)||17,654||32.3|
|Republican||Erik Peterson (incumbent)||17,071||31.2|
|Write-ins||Personal choice[n 1]||148||0.3|
|Republican||Parker Space (incumbent)||18,058||34.8|
|Democratic||Michael F. Grace||6,998||13.5|
|Republican||Tony Bucco (incumbent)||13,947||29.4|
|Republican||Michael Patrick Carroll (incumbent)||13,372||28.2|
|Democratic||Richard J. Corcoran III||10,230||21.5|
|Write-ins||Personal choice[n 1]||69||0.1|
|Republican||Jay Webber (incumbent)||13,739||30.2|
|Republican||BettyLou DeCroce (incumbent)||13,666||30.1|
|Democratic||Wayne B. Marek||8,525||18.8|
|Green||Jimmy D. Brash||666||1.5|
|Democratic||John F. McKeon (incumbent)||19,128||29.4|
|Democratic||Mila Jasey (incumbent)||17,971||27.6|
|Democratic||Ralph R. Caputo (incumbent)||9,512||43.2|
|Democratic||Cleopatra Tucker (incumbent)||9,186||41.7|
|Republican||David H. Pinckney||1,661||7.5|
|Republican||Darnel C. Henry||1,646||7.5|
|Democratic||L. Grace Spencer (incumbent)||7,146||42.8|
|Democratic||Eliana Pintor Marin (incumbent)||6,539||39.1|
|Republican||Nicholas G. Campione||1,409||8.4|
|Wake Up Jersey||Pablo Olivera||498||3.0|
|Republican||Sean T. Kean (incumbent)||19,826||34.5|
|Republican||Dave Rible (incumbent)||19,459||33.8|
|Economic Growth||Hank Schroeder||1101||1.9|
|Democratic||Angela V. McKnight||9,597||35.3|
|Your Independent Leadership||Anthony Zanowic||958||3.5|
|Your Independent Leadership||Alejandro Rodriguez||934||3.4|
|Democratic||Vincent Prieto (incumbent)||12,276||43.0|
|Democratic||Angelica M. Jimenez (incumbent)||11,805||41.4|
|Democratic||Raj Mukherji (incumbent)||11,978||38.4|
|Republican||Garrett P. Simulcik Jr.||3,556||11.4|
|Democratic||Thomas P. Giblin (incumbent)||13,436||42.2|
|Democratic||Sheila Oliver (incumbent)||13,294||41.8|
|Republican||John M. Traier||4,025||12.6|
|A Better Tomorrow||Clenard H. Childress Jr.||977||3.1|
|Democratic||Benjie E. Wimberly (incumbent)||11,905||36.4|
|Democratic||Shavonda E. Sumter (incumbent)||11,904||36.4|
|Democratic||Gary Schaer (incumbent)||15,125||33.1|
|Democratic||Marlene Caride (incumbent)||14,788||32.3|
|Republican||Forrest Elliott Jr.||7,835||17.1|
|Republican||James A. Lenoy||7,510||16.4|
|NSA Did 911||Jeff Boss||430||0.9|
|Democratic||Valerie Huttle (incumbent)||18,930||35.9|
|Democratic||Gordon M. Johnson (incumbent)||18,869||35.8|
|Republican||Joseph M. Fiscella||7,598||14.4|
|Republican||Gino P. Tessaro||7,338||13.9|
Anthony Cappola initially dropped out of the race on October 1 following the discovery of a controversial satirical book entitled Outrageous! written by Cappola. Bergen County Republicans picked attorney Fernando Alonso to replace Cappola on the ballot pending the allowance of the replacement candidate on the ballot. The Republicans unexpectedly dropped the effort to have the candidate replaced on October 13 and Cappola later announced his intention to continue in the race.
|Democratic||Tim Eustace (incumbent)||19,563||29.1|
|Democratic||Joseph Lagana (incumbent)||19,511||29.0|
|Republican||Holly Schepisi (incumbent)||22,016||31.3|
|Republican||Robert Auth (incumbent)||20,227||28.7|
|Republican||David C. Russo (incumbent)||19,675||28.0|
|Republican||Scott Rumana (incumbent)||19,357||27.5|
- Write in votes not counted by Middlesex or Somerset counties
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Louis Rodriguez was running with John Traier, who also is the Passaic County Republican Organization chairman. Rodriguez is an engineer working at the Picatinny Arsenal. As a federal employee, he could not run for the Assembly, so he withdrew.
- Friedman, Matt (October 1, 2015). "Top Republican Assembly candidate drops out over bigoted writings". Politico New Jersey. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
- Ensslin, John C. (October 8, 2015). "North Jersey GOP chooses Oradell lawyer as potential replacement Assembly candidate". The Record. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
- Johnson, Brent (October 13, 2015). "Republicans drop lawsuit to replace N.J. Assembly candidate". NJ Advance Media for NJ.com. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
- Alfaro, Alyana (October 27, 2015). "Cappola Issues Letter to Secretary of State, 'Confirms Intention' to Run for Office". Politicker NJ. Retrieved November 2, 2015.