The Green Papers: New Jersey 2005 Off Year Elections
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Elections for Statewide offices and Congress
Primary: Tuesday 7 June 2005
General Election: Tuesday 8 November 2005
Electoral Votes:15(2.79% of 538)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2002-2010 Representatives:13(2.99% of 435)
2000 Census:8,424,354 (2.99% of 281,998,273)
Estimated Voting age population (November 2000):6,245,000
Registered Voters (November 2000):4,710,768
Tuesday 7 June 2005 polls close 8:00p EDT (0000 UTC)
Tuesday 8 November 2005 polls close 8:00p EST (0100 UTC)

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New Jersey State and Local Government

An Amendment to the State Constitution was on the ballot in the General Election on 8 November 2005 and was approved by a majority of the State's voters: it will allow NEW JERSEY to elect its first Lieutenant Governor at the same time the State will next be electing its Governor (Tuesday 3 November 2009).

NEW JERSEY State Primary

Tuesday 7 June 2005

polls close at 8 PM local time (0000 UTC)

  • Party nominations for Governor:
    • Democrats: 3 candidates-- winner: Corzine
    • Republicans: 7 candidates-- winner: Forrester

U.S. Senate  6 year term. No Term Limit. 109th Senate  Senate Electoral Classes

Class 1   Democratic   Senator Jon Corzine
First elected: 2000
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006
Open Seat - Elected Governor of New Jersey, 8 November 2005
 ** Open Seat (no incumbent) **
  Candidate Democratic     (pending)
Possible candidates: Congressman Robert Andrews, Congressman Robert Menendez, Congressman Frank Pallone, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr., Congressman Donald Payne
NOTE: These possibilities are largely contingent on exactly who Governor-elect Corzine actually appoints to fill the vacancy in the U.S. Senate resulting from the Senator having been elected Governor, which would then give such appointee a leg up in the 2006 Democratic Primary for the full term in the Senate.
  Candidate Republican     (pending)
Possible candidate in 2006: State Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr. (son of former NJ Governor/9-11 Commission chairman Tom Kean)

Class 2   Democratic   Senator Frank Lautenberg
First elected: 2002
Previously served in the Class 1 NJ Senate seat to which he was first elected: 1982 and re-elected: 1988, 1994-- was not a candidate for his Party's nomination for the Class 1 seat in 2000
Seat up for election: Tuesday 4 November 2008

Governor  4 year term, Election Cycle: 2001, 2005. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms. GOVERNOR is the only Statewide elected officer, All Governors

Chair up for election   Democratic   Governor Richard James Codey
Became acting Governor 15 November 2004 upon the resignation of Governor James E. "Jim" McGreevey
Chair up for election: Tuesday 8 November 2005
The current Governor is unaffected by the State's term limit.
Open Chair - Acting Governor Codey announced on 31 January 2005 that he will not be a candidate for the full 4-year term resulting from the Gubernatorial Election in November 2005
 ** Open Chair (no incumbent) **
  Elected Democratic 1,152,347 53.03% U.S. Senator Jon S. Corzine
  Candidate Republican 948,372 43.64% Douglas R. Forrester
  Candidate Independent 26,422 1.22% Hector L. Castillo
Slogan: Education Not Corruption
  Candidate Independent; (Libertarian) 13,700 0.63% Jeffrey Pawlowski
Slogan: Libertarian Party
  Candidate Independent; (Green) 11,179 0.51% Matthew J. Thieke
Slogan: The Green Party
  Candidate Independent 8,603 0.40% Edward Forchion
Slogan: Legalize Marijuana-(G.R.I.P.)
  Candidate Independent 4,914 0.23% Michael Latigona
Slogan: One New Jersey
  Candidate Independent 3,762 0.17% Wesley K. "Wes" Bell
Slogans: Repeal Casino Taxes, Cut Waste, Shake Up Trenton, Repeal N.J.D.E.P., Restore Rebates, End Pay To Play, Stop State Corruption, Cut Waste, Balance Budget, Restore Rebates, Exempt Marine Construction, Restore Rebates, Repeal N.J.D.E.P., Balance Budget, Cut State Spending, Balance Budget.
  Candidate Independent; (Socialist Workers Party) 2,023 0.09% Angela L. Lariscy
Slogan: Socialist Workers Party
  Candidate Independent 1,850 0.09% Constantino Rozzo
Slogan: Socialist Party USA
Total 2,173,172 100.00%  

109th U.S. House of Representatives  2 year term, Election Cycle 2006, 2008. No Term Limit. 109th House
Partisan Composition (primary disposition):
7 Democratic (7 Undetermined);
6 Republican (6 Undetermined)

CD 1   Democratic   Congressman Robert E. Andrews
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

CD 2   Republican   Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo
First elected: 1994
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

CD 3   Republican   Congressman Jim Saxton
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

CD 4   Republican   Congressman Christopher H. Smith
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

CD 5   Republican   Congressman Scott Garrett
First elected: 2002
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

CD 6   Democratic   Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr.
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

CD 7   Republican   Congressman Mike Ferguson
First elected: 2000
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

CD 8   Democratic   Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr.
First elected: 1996
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

CD 9   Democratic   Congressman Steven R. Rothman
First elected: 1996
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

CD 10   Democratic   Congressman Donald M. Payne
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

CD 11   Republican   Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen
First elected: 1994
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

CD 12   Democratic   Congressman Rush Holt
First elected: 1998
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

CD 13   Democratic   Congressman Robert "Bob" Menendez
Seat up for election: Tuesday 7 November 2006

Political Parties    Parties appear in parenthesis and italics when a candidate receives the endorsement of a given Party and/or official sources indicate a candidate's association with a particular Party but only where the Party in question does not appear on the actual ballot as such.

  Natural Law
  Not readily classifiable
  Socialist Party USA
  Socialist Workers Party


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