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New Jersey's 12th congressional district
Current Representative Rush D. Holt, Jr. (D)
Population (2000) 647,258
Median income $69,668
Ethnicity 75.4% White, 11.7% Black, 9.1% Asian, 5.5% Hispanic, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% other
Cook PVI D+5

New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional district is currently represented by Democrat Rush D. Holt Jr. The district is known for its research centers and educational institutions such as Princeton University, Institute for Advanced Study, Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb.


Voting trends

The present 12th Congressional District is a Democratic-leaning district, as measured by the Cook PVI.[1] This along with an incumbent Democratic Congressman, has led the Republicans to not target the 12th since the election of 2002.

In the redistricting following the United States Census, 2000, several municipalities (with histories of supporting Democratic candidates) were added to the 12th. In 2002, despite an expensive challenge from former New Jersey Secretary of State Buster Soaries, Rush Holt was re-elected with 61%.

In 2004, Holt was re-elected over real estate executive Bill Spadea (59-41%) and again in 2006 over former Helmetta Council President Joseph Sinagra (65-35%).

In 2008, Holt defeated Holmdel Township Deputy Mayor Alan Bateman (62-36%).

Counties and municipalities in the district

For the 108th and successive Congresses (based on redistricting following the 2000 Census), the district contains portions of five counties and 44 municipalities:[2]

Hunterdon County (8)

Delaware Township, East Amwell Township, Franklin Township, Frenchtown, Kingwood Township, Lambertville, Stockton, West Amwell Township

Mercer County (9)

Ewing Township, Hopewell Township, Hopewell, Lawrence Township, Pennington, Princeton Borough, Princeton Township, Trenton (part; also 4), West Windsor Township

Middlesex County (12)

Cranbury Township, East Brunswick Township, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Milltown, Monroe Township, North Brunswick Township, Old Bridge Township (part, also 6), Plainsboro Township, South Brunswick Township, South River Borough, Spotswood Borough

Monmouth County (14)

Eatontown, Englishtown, Fair Haven, Freehold Township (part, also 4), Holmdel Township, Little Silver, Manalapan Township, Marlboro Township, Middletown Township (part, also 6), Oceanport, Rumson, Shrewsbury Township, Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls

Somerset County (1)

Franklin Township (part; also 6)


The 12th congressional district (together with the 11th district) was created starting with the 63rd United States Congress in 1913, based on redistricting following the United States Census, 1910.


Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2008 President Obama 58 - 41%
2004 President Kerry 54 - 46%
2000 President Gore 56 - 40%


Representative Party Years District home Note
District created March 4, 1913
James A. Hamill Democratic March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1921 redistricted from the 10th district
Charles F. X. O'Brien Democratic March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1925
Mary T. Norton Democratic March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1933 redistricted to the 13th district
Frederick R. Lehlbach Republican March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937 redistricted from the 10th district
Frank W. Towey, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Robert W. Kean Republican January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1959
George M. Wallhauser Republican January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1965
Paul J. Krebs Democratic January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1967
Florence P. Dwyer Republican January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1973 redistricted from the 6th district
Matthew J. Rinaldo Republican January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983 redistricted to the 7th district
James A. Courter Republican January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1991 redistricted from the 13th district
Dick Zimmer Republican January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997
Michael J. Pappas Republican January 3, 1997 – January 3, 1999
Rush D. Holt, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1999 – Present


  1. ^ Barone, Michael; Richard E. Cohen (2008). The Almanac of American Politics. Washington, D.C.: National Journal Group and Atlantic Media Company. pp. 14,1084. ISBN 9780892341177.  
  2. ^ Municipalities, Congressman Rush D. Holt, Jr. Accessed June 29, 2008.



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