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New Jersey may not be hosting any statewide elections this year – something that happens once every 12 years – but that doesn’t mean voters won’t have a multitude of important races on their ballots.
Most prominently, four Democratic incumbents first elected in the Trump era face their first midterm under a Democratic president. Reps. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) are all running for re-election, and some are in the fights for their political lives against strong Republican challengers.
They’ll do so on the state’s brand-new congressional map, which was drawn by Democratic members of the Congressional Redistricting Commission to preserve Democrats’ advantage as much as possible. We’ll soon see whether the map works as intended, or whether Democrats get burned the way Republicans did on a Republican-drawn map in 2018.
In addition to 12 congressional races, New Jersey is hosting elections for 61 county offices and hundreds of municipal offices that will shape local governance across the state and forge new rising stars in both parties.
Without any race at the top of the ticket and with little public data to guide us, this year’s election is fraught with more uncertainty than usual. Polls and messaging across the country all point in different directions – will 2022 be a Republican wave? an abortion-driven Democratic backlash? a total wash? – and how New Jersey voters react is very much up in the air.
This voter’s guide and the race ratings in it are made with that uncertainty in mind. The story of 2022 has yet to be written; we’ve done our best to make sense of it, but our word isn’t gospel.
Nevertheless, we hope you find the Fall 2022 Voter’s Guide to be informative and interesting.2022 NJ Globe Voter’s Guide Final (web)