NJ Congressional Delegation

New Jersey Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives

Typically this page presents the positions of incumbent congress people within the various districts of New Jersey on the problem of money in politics. We indicate whether they are sponsoring any specific amendment bills and sometimes include comments they have offered in meetings with our representatives. The page also helps visitors contact their congress person regarding the issue (via links we provide and update).

Now, with the primary elections of June behind us and the November general eletions fast approaching (November 4th), we have taken down our list of incumbent Congress members, as well as a subsequent list of primary candidates, to make way for a list of general election candidates. NJOCU previously endeavored to reach as many primary candidates for the House of Representatives in the state of New Jersey as is possible. To each primary candidate, we provided a specific “Ask” emphasizing our goal of a constitutional amendment, but also encouraging candidates to speak to the issue from their own perspective and to offer alternate solutions as well. We were fairly successful in getting answers from a large number of New Jersey House candidates. This was the most conclusive resource on the NJ House candidate views on the issue of money in politics yet compiled.

We did not reach every primary candidate – several were largely invisible and/or completely unresponsive – but several who did respond have won their primaries and continue on to the general election.

QUICK SUMMARY of Results:

As NJOCU has always supported an amendment, the following is a quick guide to all candidates indicating support for the amendment process to overturn errant SCOTUS decisions on campaign finance.

District 1 Cobb, Norcross

District 2 Hughes

District 3 Belgard

District 4 ———–

District 5 Cho

District 6 Pallone

District 7 ———–

District 8 Sires

District 9 Pascrell

District 10 ———–

District 11 Dunec

District 12 Watson Coleman

Senate Incumbents – Booker, Menendez

The detailed results of the 2014 primaries are published here.

We would like to thank those candidates who participated, whatever their views. This is why we have a democracy. Thanks again.

Here then is the initial draft of…

The General Election Amend and Reform Positions Report

This is a work in progress. NJOCU will continue to update position summaries for each and all candidates on the ballot until the day of the general election. If you are a candidate or a chief staff member for a candidate listed here, please feel free to contact NJOCU to offer updates and/or corrections.

Dist# Member’s Name Party AMEND &
REFORM
Incumbent
CoSponsor
Comments Phone Number(s) Web
Presence
Senate
Seat
Bob Menendez D YES Incumbent CoSponsor
SJR-19
Has been a SJR-19 CoSponsor for 2 years and continues as a sponsor of current bill. Has been speaking publicly on the issue. (202) 224-4744
(973) 645-3030
Web
~~~ Not an election year
for this seat
~~~ n/a n/a ~~~ ~~~ ~~~
Senate
Seat
Cory Booker D YES Incumbent CoSponsor
SJR-19
Became a CoSponsor of SJR-19 earlier in 2014. Will speak publicly on the issue. (202) 224-3224
(973) 639-8700
Web
~~~ Jeff Bell R NO Challenger Supports public campaign financing but not an amendment. (201) 429-5223 Web
Dist# Member’s Name Party AMEND &
REFORM
Incumbent
CoSponsor
Comments Phone Number(s) Web
Presence
1 Rob Andrews D Not
Running
Quit office during term, not running ~~~ n/a ~~~
~~~ Donald Norcross D YES Challenger Supports an unspecified amendment bill and unspecified campaign finance reforms (856) 382-1344 Web
~~~ Garry Cobb R YES Challenger Supports an unspecified amendment bill and the American Anti-Corruption Act. Open to other reforms. (856) 673-6282 Web
2 Frank LoBiondo R NO Incumbent No In meeting with NJOCU showed reluctance to accept existence of problem and had no interest in any solutions. (202) 225-8515
(609) 625-5008
Web
~~~ Bill Hughes D YES Challenger At time of Primary supported HJR-34 and HJR-21. (207) 252-5338 Web
3 Jon Runyon – retiring R Not
Running
Incumbent No
(in office to 1/15)
Not known to be offering solutions. n/a Web
~~~ Tom Macarthur R Did not
respond
Challenger Not known to be offering solutions. No Phone known Web
~~~ Aimee Belgard D YES Challenger Supports an unspecified amendment bill and unspecified campaign finance reforms. (609) 534-6155 Web
4 Chris Smith R Did not
respond
Incumbent No Not known to be offering solutions. (202) 225-3785
(609) 581-0787
Web
~~~ Ruben Scolavino D Did not
respond
Challenger Not known to be offering solutions. No Phone known Web
5 Scott Garrett R Did not
respond
Incumbent No Not known to be offering solutions. (202) 225-4465
(201) 444-5454
Web
~~~ Roy Cho D YES Challenger Endorses amendments & will speak publicly about the issue. “Once elected, I will be an active CoSponsor of similar legislative efforts.” (201) 857-4414 Web
6 Frank Pallone D YES Incumbent CoSponsor
HJR-119 and HJR-20
Strong supporter of amend and reform. Has CoSponsored HJR-20 for 2 years and now CoSponsors HJR-119 Is speaking out about money-in-politics. (202) 225-4671
(732) 249-8892
Web
~~~ Anthony Wilkinson R Did not
respond
Challenger Not known to be offering solutions. (732) 283-1893 Web
Dist# Member’s Name Party AMEND &
REFORM
Incumbent CoSponsor Comments Phone Number(s) Web
Presence
7 Leonard Lance R Did not
respond
Incumbent No Rep or staff met NJOCU twice in 2014 – Three more contacts. No response, no solutions offered. (202) 225-5361
(908) 518-7733
Web
~~~ Janice Kovach D YES Challenger Supports amend and reform. (908) 399-8921 Web
8 Albio Sires D YES Incumbent CoSponsor
HJR-34 and HJR-20
CoSponsoring both 34 and 20 and will be speaking publicly about this issue. (202) 225-7919
(908) 820-0692
Web
~~~ Jude Anthony Tiscornia R Did not
respond
Challenger Not known to be offering solutions. 201-779-4027 Web
9 Bill Pascrell D YES Incumbent CoSponsor
HJR-34 and HJR-119
Has been a long-time CoSponsor of 34 and is now CoSponsoring HJR-119. Speaking out about the issue; strong supporter (202) 225-5751
(973) 523-5152
Web
~~~ Diedre Paul R Did not
respond
Challenger Not known to be offering solutions. No phone known Web
10 Donald Payne D YES CoSponsor Consponsoring HJR-119. (202) 225-3436
(201) 369-0392
Web
~~~ Yolanda Dentley R Did not
respond
Challenger Not known to be offering solutions. (908) 590-3939
(908) 494-8814
Web
11 Rodney Freling-hausen R NO Incumbent No In meeting with NJOCU showed reluctance to accept existence of problem and had no interest in any solutions. (202) 225-5034
(973) 984-0711
Web
~~~ Mark Dunec D YES Challenger At time of Primary supported both HJR34 and/or HJR-20+21-combo. Will speak out on amendments & CoSponsor if elected. Concerned about big money influence over policy. (973) 287-4724 Web
12 Rush Holt – retiring D Not
Running
Incumbent CoSponsor
HJR-20 and HJR-119
(in office to 1/15)
Has been a CoSponsor of HJR-20 and now is CoSponsoring HJR-119. (202) 225-5801
(609) 750-9385
Web
~~~ Bonnie Watson Coleman D YES Challenger If elected, will CoSponsor. Will speak publicly. Voted & spoke for AR86 in NJ Assembly, 2012 (609) 393-4030 Web
~~~ Alieta Eck R Did not
respond
Challenger Not known to be offering solutions. (732) 595-2312 Web

QUICK SUMMARY of Process:

NJOCU is providing a formal “Ask” that every candidate may use to go on the record. As well, candidates are given the text of HJR-119 and SJR-19 proposing an amendment to the constitution, a listing of NJOCU coalition members, and a summary of the 16 states and 13 NJ municipalities that have sent resolutions to Congress. We wish to be clear to each candidate that choosing not to respond – i.e. non-participation in the “Ask” process – will be interpreted as a non-endorsement of an amendment or of any other solutions to our broken campaign finance system. We interpret those who are unresponsive or unreachable as offering no solutions.

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