New Jersey

13 seats: 6R, 7D     D 55

Democrats in 1998 turned a sharp rise in their projected performance in all 13 districts into gaining a majority of House seats, with Rush Holt being one of the few challengers around the nation to defeat an incumbent. They could gain an additional seat in Bob Franks' open seat race in 2000. Still, a majority of elections likely will again be lopsided. This general lack of competition is no surprise, given that the state's redistricting commission openly sought to ensure that the major parties won a roughly proportionate share of seats doing so in a winner-take-all system is only possible by creating mostly non-competitive districts. The Democratic rise, however, has made several Republican-held districts more competitive. Seats held by Christopher Smith, James Saxton and Frank LoBiondo would be toss-ups if incumbents were to step down. The Democratic tide also helped shield Frank Pallone from a multi-millionaire dollar blitz against him in 1998. It  has not translated into state races; Republicans control the governor's mansion and both houses of the legislature.
 
  1. Robert Andrews (D), 1990 Landslide
  '98: 73 '96: 76 '94: 72 '92: 67 D 60
 
  2. Frank LoBiondo (R), Comfortable*
  '98: 66 '96: 60 '94: 65 ['92: D 56] D 51
 
  3. James Saxton (R), 1984 Comfortable*
  '98: 62 '96: 64 '94: 66 '92: 59 D 51
 
  4. Christopher Smith (R), 1980 Comfortable*
  '98: 62 '96: 64 '94: 68 '92: 62 D 52
 
  5. Marge Roukema (R), 1980 Landslide
  '98: 64 '96: 71 '94: 74 '92: 72 R 56
 
  6. Frank Pallone (D), 1988 Comfortable
  '98: 57 '96: 61 '94: 60 '92: 52 D 56
 
  7. OPEN [Bob Franks, R, 1992] Vulnerable
  ['98: 53 '96: 55 '94: 60 '92: 53] D 52
 
  8. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D), 1996 Comfortable
  '98: 62 '96: 51 ['94: R 50 '92: D 47] D 59
 
  9. Steve Rothman (D), 1996 Landslide
  '98: 65 '96: 56 ['94: D 63 '92: D 58] D 61
 
  10. Donald Payne (D), 1988 Landslide
  '98: 84 '96: 84 '94: 76 '92: 78 D 83
 
  11. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R), Landslide
  '98: 68 '96: 66 '94: 71 ['92: R 70] R 57
 
  12. Rush Holt (D), 1998 Vulnerable
  '98: 50 ['96: R 50 '94: R 68 '92: R 64]   R 51
 
  13. Robert Menendez (D), 1992 Landslide
  '98: 80 '96: 79 '94: 71 '92: 64 D 72
 

New Jersey's results 1982 to 1998
Facts in Focus for New Jersey 1982 to 1998
 


 
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