New Jerseys 20 Living ex-Congressmen

Rush Holt is 70 today, the 11th oldest of the nineteen living former Congressmen from New Jersey. The oldest is Cornelius Gallagher, who celebrated his 97th birthday last March.  The Bayonne Democrat was first elected to Congress in 1958, making him the only living New Jerseyan to have served in the House while Dwight Eisenhower was still president.  Gallagher lost his bid for an eighth term in the 1972 primary.

MacArthur has over $1 million in bank

Rep. Tom MacArthur has over a million dollars in his warchest as he prepares for his re-election campaign against Andy Kim, a former Obama White House staffer. MacArthur, raised $210,226 during the first three months of the year, and has cash-on-hand of $1,088,365.  He spent $127,698 during the first quarter and has a debt of $706,272 – nearly all of it to himself for loans he’s made to his previous

Wave year elections in New Jersey

Two modern era wave elections happened so long ago that a comparison to New Jersey in 2018 is apples and oranges.  But both are examples of highly-charged mid-term elections that allowed Democrats in the wake of the Watergate scandal to pick up 49 House seats in 1974, and Republicans to gain 54 seats in the Republican Revolution that became a national referendum on President Clinton’s health care reform. Republicans picked