Major profiles of key South Jersey races

Congressman Rush Holt faces three challengers in the newly drawn 12th District

October 17, 2012

By Hank Kalet, of NJ Spotlight

Candidates for the 12th Congressional District seat offer very different political perspectives, providing voters with a stark choice on Election Day.

  • WHYY thanks our sponsors — become a WHYY sponsor

On the one side is incumbent Democrat Rush Holt, who has one of the most liberal voting records in the House, according to Project Vote Smart, and who gets a perfect score from most environmental, pro-choice and financial-reform groups. (more)


Runyan vs. Adler: The race to watch in South Jersey

October 14, 2012

By Annie Knox for NJ Spotlight

Voters in South Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District will decide what observers are calling the state’s closest race. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The major party candidates are Democrat Shelley Adler and Republican incumbent Jon Runyan.

Adler, a former Cherry Hill councilwoman and lawyer, hopes to reclaim for Democrats the seat formerly held by her late husband, John Adler, even though Adler no longer lives in the district. Five independent candidates are also on the ballot. (more)


Congressman Chris Smith faces two challengers in the newly redrawn 4th District

October 13, 2012

By Rob Jennings, of NJ Spotlight
Brian Froelich, making his first run for office at age 66 against Rep. Chris Smith, R-4th District, said his friends suggested starting with a county freeholder race.

Though that would have been much less of a hurdle than trying to dislodge New Jersey’s senior member of Congress, Froelich said he is not interested in local or state office. (more)


Ethics questions unlikely to derail Congressman Andrews re-election

October 9, 2012

By Tara Nurin, of NJ Spotlight
Facing investigations by the Federal Elections Commission and the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Ethics over allegations he improperly spent campaign funds for personal use, Rep. Rob Andrews, D-1st, is being forced to divert part of his attention in the weeks leading up to Election Day to defending his actions instead of campaigning.

Yet though the controversy has cost him at minimum the more than $30,000 he voluntarily repaid to his campaign fund and political action committee, political observers feel certain the ethics charges will not cost the overwhelmingly popular Democrat election to his 12th term in his solidly “blue” South Jersey district, even though he faces three opponents. (more)


Video of U.S. Senate debate: Menendez vs. Kyrillos

October 3, 2012

By Katie Colaneri WBGO

The fight is on for New Jersey’s middle class.

U.S. Senate candidates state Senator Joe Kyrillos and incumbent Bob Menendez clashed on the issues in their first debate last night at Montclair State University.

Topics ranged from foreign policy and abortion to the candidates’ relationships with Governor Chris Christie. But the main source of tension in the debate, broadcast by NJTV, was over who would do a better job at growing New Jersey’s shrinking middle class. (more)


In Jersey’s 3rd District, campaigning Is a full-contact sport

October 1, 2012

By Annie Knox, of NJ Spotlight
Political observers predict that the battle between the major party candidates in South Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District is going to be the closest in the state. Less than six weeks before the election, and the pundits are definitely on to something.

Earlier this week, Democrat Shelley Adler threw an elbow at Republican incumbent Jon Runyan with a new campaign ad. Meanwhile, the incumbent released the results of an internal poll showing him well ahead of Adler. (more)




Election Day is Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012. 

Polls will be open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

Find your polling location

The deadline to register has passed. It was Oct 16.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov 6.

If you want to know what races you’ll be voting for, check out the NJ Spotlight 2012 Voters Guide











Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal