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New Jersey congressmen who lost re-election

The full list of defeated incumbents and why they lost

By David Wildstein, October 28 2018 11:32 am

With two New Jersey congressmen in re-election races that polls put within the margin of error, here’s a list of the House members who lost re-election over the last 60 years and why:

2016: Scott Garrett (Republican, seven terms) lost to Josh Gottheimer
Reason for Loss: Controversial Statement

2010: John Adler (Democrat, one term) lost to Jon Runyan
Reason for Loss: National Political Environment; Party Reset

1998: Michael Pappas (Republican, one term) lost to Rush Holt
Reason for Loss: Controversial Statement

1996: Bill Martini (Republican, one term) lost to Bill Pascrell
Reason for Loss: National Political Environment; Party Reset

1994: Herb Klein (Democrat, one-term) lost to Bill Martini.

Reason for Loss: National Political Environment 

1984: Joseph Minish (Democrat, eleven terms) lost to Dean Gallo
Reason for Loss: Redistricting

1982: Harold Hollenbeck (Republican, three terms) lost to Bob Torricelli
Reason for Loss: National Political Environment; Redistricting

1980: Frank Thompson (Democrat, thirteen terms) lost to Chris Smith
Reason for Loss: Scandal

1980: Andrew Maguire (Democrat, three terms) lost to Marge Roukema
Reason for Loss: Coattails; Party Reset

1978: Helen Meyner (Democrat, three terms) lost to Jim Courter
Reason for Loss: Party Reset

1974: John Hunt (Republican, four terms) lost to Jim Florio
Reason for Loss: National Political Environment (Watergate)

1974: Charles Sandman (Republican, four terms) lost to Bill Hughes
Reason for Loss: National Political Environment (Watergate)

1974: William Widnall (Republican, eleven terms) lost to Andrew Maguire
Reason for Loss: National Political Environment (Watergate)

1974: Joseph Maraziti (Republican, one term) lost to Helen Meyner
Reason for Loss: National Political Environment (Watergate), Scandal

1966: Thomas McGrath (Democrat, one term) lost to Charles Sandman
Reason for Loss: Party Reset

1964: Frank Osmers (Republican, nine terms/non-consecutive) lost to Henry Helstoski
Reason for Loss: National Political Environment (LBJ landslide)

1964: Milton Glenn (Republican, four terms) lost to Thomas McGrath
Reason for Loss: National Political Environment (LBJ landslide)

1958: Vincent Dellay (Independent, one term) lost to Dominick Daniels
Reason for Loss: Party Reset (elected as a Republican, switched parties and denied
Democratic support for a second term, ran as an Independent.

 

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