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Rep. Andrew Maguire (D-Ridgewood) is administered the oath of office as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives by House Speaker Carl Albert at a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony on January 3,1975. (Photo: Rutgers University, Special Collections and Archives).

Departures of Malinowski, Sires will bring roster of living ex-congressmen to 23

Just Andy Maguire and Cappy Hollenbeck are last surving N.J. congressmen to have served during Ford presidency

By David Wildstein, January 02 2023 2:20 pm

When Albio Sires (D-West New York) and Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) end their service in the U.S. House of Representatives at noon tomorrow, the total number of living former congressmen from New Jersey will increase to 23.

The oldest living former congressman is Frank Guarini (D-Jersey City), who turned 98 in August.  He served from 1979 until 1993.

The death of Jim Florio (D-Runnemede) last year leaves Andrew Maguire (D-Ridgewood) as the last surviving Watergate Baby from New Jersey.  Maguire, 83, unseated a longtime Republican congressman in 1974 when Democrats flipped four House seats.  Maguire was re-elected twice before losing his seat in 1980.

Harold Hollenbeck (R-East Rutherford), who was elected in 1976 and served three terms, is 84.  Maguire and Hollenbeck are the only living New Jersey congressmen who served while Gerald R. Ford was President.  (Hollenbeck’s tenure in the House overlapped Ford by just seventeen days.)

The longest streak of former congressmen still alive are from what is are  New Jersey’s 8th and 12th districts.

Guarini was succeeded in 1993 by Bob Menendez (D-Union City), now the senior U.S. Senator from New Jersey and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Menendez celebrated his 69th birthday on Sunday  The 71-year-old Sires replaced Menendez in the House in 2006; tomorrow, he will be succeeded by Robert J. Menendez (D-Jersey City), the senator’s son.

In the 12th district, Jim Courter (R-Allamuchy), 81, who unseated a Democratic congresswoman in 1978 and was the Republican nominee for governor in 1989, did not seek re-election to a seventh term in 1990; his successor was Richard Zimmer (R-Delaware).  Zimmer, 78, gave up his seat to run for U.S. Senate in 1996 and was followed by Michael Pappas (R-Franklin).  Pappas, now 62; was elected in 1996 and lost in 1998 to Rush Holt (D-Hopewell); Holt, now 74, served in Congress for fourteen years before his retirement in 2014.

Pappas, who went to Congress at age 36, is seeking a third reboot of his political career this year.  He sought a comeback against Holt in 2000 but lost the GOP primary to Zimmer and lost a State Senate run in 2021.  He announced last year that he would seek a rematch against State Sen. Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) in 2023.

Besides Guarini, Hollenbeck and Courter, the only living New Jerseyan to serve in Congress while Jimmy Carter was in the White House is Christopher Smith (R-Manchester), who unseated a 13-term incumbent in 1980 and served for the final seventeen days of the Carter presidency.    Smith will be sworn in for the 22nd time on January 3.

Bob Torricelli (D-Englewood), Jim Saxton (R-Mount Holly) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) served during the Ronald Reagan’s administration.  The 71-year-old Torricelli unseated Hollenbeck in 1982 and spent fourteen in the House before defeating Zimmer in the 1996 U.S. Senate race.  Saxton, now 79, on an open House seat in 1984 and served until his retirement in 2008.  In 1988, Pallone won an open House seat; he’ll take office for the 18th time tomorrow.

At 92-years-old, Herbert Klein (D-Clifton) is the second oldest living former congressman from New Jersey.  He won an open seat in 1992 but lost re-election in 1994 to William Martini (R-Clifton).  Martini, now 75, served one term and currently serves as a U.S. District Court Judge.

The other surviving former Members of Congress from New Jersey, in order of their election:

* Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights), 65, served from 1990 to 2012;
* Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding), 76, served from 1995 to 2019;
* Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor), 76, served from 1995 to 2019;
* Steve Rothman (D-Englewood), 70, served from 1997 to 2013;
* Michael Ferguson (R-Warren), 52, served from 2001 to 2009;
* Scott Garrett (R-Wantage), 63, served from 2003 to 2017;
* Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township), 70, served from 2009 to 2019;
* Jon Runyan (R-Moorestown), 49, served from 2011 to 2015;
* Thomas MacArthur (R-Toms River), 62, served from 2015 to 2019;

None of the five former congresswomen from New Jersey are still alive.

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