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New Jersey's 7th congressional district
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Current Representative Leonard Lance (R)
Area 595.03 mi² (1,541.13 km²)
Distribution 41.40% urban, 58.60% rural
Population (2000) 647,258
Median income $74,823
Ethnicity 83.4% White, 4.6% Black, 8.2% Asian, 6.9% Hispanic, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% other
Cook PVI R+3

New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is currently represented by Republican Leonard Lance.

In the 2008 election, Mike Ferguson did not seek another term. Stender won the Democratic nomination unopposed, while Republican primary voters chose State Senator Leonard Lance in a field of eight candidates. In the 2008 general election, Lance defeated Assemblywoman Linda Stender by a margin of 25,833 votes and became the Congressman.[1]

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Counties and municipalities in the district

For the 108th and successive Congresses (based on redistricting following the 2000 Census), the district contains portions of four counties and 54 municipalities.

Hunterdon County:

Alexandria Township, Bethlehem Township, Bloomsbury, Califon, Clinton, Clinton Township, Flemington, Glen Gardner, Hampton, High Bridge, Holland Township, Lebanon, Lebanon Township, Milford, Raritan Township, Readington, Tewksbury Township, Union Township

Middlesex County:

Edison (part), South Plainfield, Woodbridge Township (part)

Somerset County:

Bedminster Township, Bernardsville, Bound Brook, Branchburg Township, Bridgewater Township (part), Far Hills, Green Brook Township, Hillsborough Township, Manville, Millstone, Montgomery Township, North Plainfield, Peapack-Gladstone, Rocky Hill, South Bound Brook, Warren Township, Watchung

Union County:

Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Fanwood, Garwood, Kenilworth, Linden (part), Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Union Township (part), Westfield, Winfield

Voting

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House of Representatives elections

House of Representatives election 2008: New Jersey congressional district 7
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Leonard Lance 142,092 50.8% +1.4%
Democratic Linda Stender 116,255 41.6% -6.4%
Independent Michael Hsing 15,826 5.7% N/A
Independent Dean Greco 3,008 1.1% N/A
Independent Thomas Abrams 2,408 .9% -.7%
Majority 25,837 9.2% +7.7%
Turnout 279,589
Republican hold Swing -3.9%
House of Representatives election 2006: New Jersey congressional district 7
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Ferguson 98,399 49.4% -7.5%
Democratic Linda Stender 95,454 48.0% +6.3%
Independent Thomas Abrams 3,176 1.6% +.8%
Libertarian Darren Young 2,046 1.0% N/A
Majority 2,945 1.5% -13.7%
Turnout 199,075
Republican hold Swing +6.9%
House of Representatives election 2004: New Jersey congressional district 7
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Ferguson 162,597 56.9% -1.1%
Democratic Steve Brozak 119,081 41.7% +.8%
Independent Thomas Abrams 2,153 .8% N/A
Independent Matthew Williams 2,046 .7% N/A
Majority 43,516 15.2%
Turnout 285,877
Republican hold Swing +1.0%

Presidential elections

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2008 President Obama 51 - 48%
2004 President Bush 53 - 47%
2000 President Bush 49 - 48%

Representatives

Representative Party Years District home Note
District created March 4, 1873
Isaac W. Scudder Republican March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875 Jersey City Retired
Augustus A. Hardenbergh Democratic March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879 Jersey City Retired
Lewis A. Brigham Republican March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881 Jersey City Lost re-election
Augustus A. Hardenbergh Democratic March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883 Jersey City Retired
William McAdoo Democratic March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1891 Jersey City Lost re-nomination
Edward F. McDonald Democratic March 4, 1891 – November 5, 1892 Harrison Died in office
Vacant November 5, 1892 – March 3, 1893
George B. Fielder Democratic March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895 Jersey City Retired
Thomas McEwan, Jr. Republican March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899 Jersey City Retired
William D. Daly Democratic March 4, 1899 – July 31, 1900 Hoboken Died in office
Vacant July 31, 1900 – December 3, 1900
Allan L. McDermott Democratic December 3, 1900 – March 3, 1903 Jersey City Redistricted to the 10th district
Richard W. Parker Republican March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1911 Newark Redistricted from the 6th district
Edward W. Townsend Democratic March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913 Montclair Redistricted to the 10th district
Robert G. Bremner Democratic March 4, 1913 – February 5, 1914 Totowa Died in office
Vacant February 5, 1914 – April 7, 1914
Dow H. Drukker Republican April 7, 1914 – March 3, 1919 Passaic Retired
Amos H. Radcliffe Republican March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1923 Paterson Lost re-election
George N. Seger Republican March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933 Passaic Redistricted to the 8th district
Randolph Perkins Republican March 4, 1933 – May 25, 1936 Woodcliff Lake Died in office
Vacant May 25, 1936 – January 3, 1937
J. Parnell Thomas Republican January 3, 1937 – January 2, 1950 Allendale Resigned upon being convicted of fraud
Vacant January 2, 1950 – February 6, 1950
William B. Widnall Republican February 6, 1950 – December 31, 1974 Hackensack Lost re-election, resigned
Andrew Maguire Democratic January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981 Ridgewood Lost re-election
Marge Roukema Republican January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1983 Ridgewood Redistricted to the 5th district
Matthew J. Rinaldo Republican January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993 Union Township Retired
Bob Franks Republican January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2001 Summit Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Mike Ferguson Republican January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2009 Warren Retired
Leonard Lance Republican January 3, 2009 – present Clinton Township

2006 Election

Party Candidate Votes Won Percent Won
Republican Ferguson (Incumbent) 98,399 votes 49.42%
Democrat Stender 95,454 votes 47.94%
Other Abrams 3,176 votes 1.59%
Libertarian Young 2,046 votes 1.02%

Source: NJ Division of Elections. Official 2006 Election Results.[1].

Major Issues in 2006 Race

Linda Stender campaigned on the issues of stem cell research and the Iraq War, while Mike Ferguson campaigned on the issues of Ms. Stender's prior legislative record and her close ties to New Jersey's Democratic political machine.

Effect of redistricting

New Jersey's 7th district and the 12th district were redistricted after the 2000 census by a bipartisan panel. By consensus of the panel, the Democratic and Republican parties agreed to trade areas in the two districts to make them safer for their respective incumbents. It is likely that this trade off, which made New Jersey's 7th less competitive for Democrats had an effect on the outcome of 2006 election, which was decided by approximately 3,000 votes. Areas of the former 7th district such as Somerset in Franklin Township (Somerset County) that have historically voted reliably Democratic were moved into the 12th district to shore up the Democratic incumbent's hold on the adjacent 12th district. Despite the redistricting, NJ-07 is still the most competitive House district in New Jersey, and was the only one considered to be in play in 2006 by political pundits.

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