4th Legislative District (New Jersey)

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New Jersey's 4th Legislative district
Census Bureau map of New Jersey's 4th Legislative District.gif
New Jersey State Senator Fred H. Madden
New Jersey General Assemblymembers Paul Moriarty
Gabriela Mosquera
Registration 39.0% Democratic
16.0% Republican
Demographics 78.5% White
13.8% Black/African American
0.2% Native American
3.0% Asian
0.0% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
2.3% Other race
2.3% Two or more races
6.3% Hispanic
Population 219,804
Voting-age population 167,694
Registered voters 151,372

New Jersey's 4th Legislative District is one of 40 in the state. As of the 2011 apportionment the district covers the Camden County municipalities of Chesilhurst, Clementon, Gloucester Township, Laurel Springs, Lindenwold and Winslow Township; and the Gloucester County municipalities of Monroe Township, Pitman and Washington Township.[1]

The 2011 apportionment added Chesilhurst and Winslow Township, both from the 6th District. Municipalities that had been in the 4th District as part of the 2001 apportionment that were shifted out of the district as of 2011 are Franklin Township (Gloucester), Glassboro, and Newfield (all to the 3rd District).[2]

Demographic characteristics[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, the district had a population of 219,804, of whom 167,694 (76.3%) were of voting age. The racial makeup of the district was 172,500 (78.5%) White, 30,289 (13.8%) African American, 429 (0.2%) Native American, 6,510 (3.0%) Asian, 56 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 5,024 (2.3%) from some other race, and 4,996 (2.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13,938 (6.3%) of the population.[3]

The district's percentage of people of Asian origin, the elderly and Hispanics are all below the state average, while the percentage of foreign-born residents was the second lowest in the state based on 2000 Census data.[4][5]

The district had 151,372 registered voters as of November 2013, of whom 67,979 (44.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated, 59,007 (39.0%) were registered as Democrats, 24,258 (16.0%) were registered as Republicans and 128 (0.1%) were registered to other parties.[6]

Political representation[edit]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the district is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Fred H. Madden (D, Washington Township) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Paul Moriarty (D, Washington Township) and Gabriela Mosquera (D, Gloucester Township).[7][8]

Election history[edit]

In March 1989, five-term incumbent Dennis L. Riley announced that he would not be running for another term in the Assembly, and endorsed Gloucester Township Mayor Ann A. Mullen to fill his seat.[9]

After years in which the district had been solidly Democratic, the Republican sweep in 1991 led to a period in which the district became what PolitickerNJ called the "#1 swing seat" in the state for more than a decade.[10] In the 1991 elections, attorney John J. Matheussen won the open seat of the departing incumbent Democrat Daniel J. Dalton who had left office to take the post of Secretary of State of New Jersey, having been nominated for the position by Governor of New Jersey James Florio.[11] In the 1991 Assembly race George F. Geist and Mary Virginia Weber took the seat of incumbent Ann A. Mullen and her Democratic running mate Timothy D. Scaffidi.[10]

Sean F. Dalton, won an Assembly seat in the 1993 election in a split verdict, with Republican George Geist coming in first, Dalton in second, incumbent Republican Mary Virginia Weber out of the money in third place and Dalton's running mate Sandra Love in fourth.[12] Geist and Dalton were re-elected in 1995, with Democrat Chris Manganello in third and Republican Gerald Luongo in fourth.[13] The $1 million spent by the candidates in the 1993 Assembly race was the most of any district in the state, and The New York Times predicted that the parties would spend heavily in the 1995 race as each side tries to gain both seats.[14] Dalton ran in 1997, and lost, in a bid for the New Jersey Senate seat held by John J. Matheussen, with Matheussen taking 50.7% of the vote, Dalton receiving 46.1% and Jame E. Barber garnering 3.2% of the vote.[15][16] With Dalton's seat open in the Assembly, Geist won re-election as did his running mate Gerald Luongo.[17][18] With Luongo receiving negative press over what The New York Times called a "questionable land deal", Democrat Robert J. Smith II knocked off Luongo in the 1999 general election, while Geist was re-elected.[19]

Matheussen was nominated by Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey in February 2003 to head the Delaware River Port Authority.[20] After Matheussen resigned from the Senate in May 2003 to take the post at the DRPA, his Senate seat was filled by Assemblyman George Geist.[21] In turn, the Republicans named Stephen Altamuro to fill Geist's vacancy in the Assembly. In the 2003 elections, the Democrats swept all three legislative seats, with Fred H. Madden defeating Geist in the Senate, and David R. Mayer and Robert J. Smith II winning in the Assembly race, knocking off incumbent Altamuro.[22][23]

In the 2011 race, Democrat Gabriela Mosquera took the seat that had been held by Republican Domenick DiCicco, who had been shifted out of the district in the 2011 reapportionment. Democratic incumbent Paul Moriarty and Mosquera won the election, though Mosquera's victory was challenged based on her not having been a resident of the district for a full year and she did not take office until March 2012 in the face of legal challenges.[24]

Session State Senate[25] Assembly[13]
1976-1977 Joseph A. Maressa Kenneth A. Gewertz Francis J. Gorman
1978-1979 Joseph A. Maressa Kenneth A. Gewertz Francis J. Gorman
1980-1981 Joseph A. Maressa Daniel J. Dalton Dennis L. Riley
1982-1983 Daniel J. Dalton Anthony S. Marsella Dennis L. Riley
1984-1985 Daniel J. Dalton Anthony S. Marsella Dennis L. Riley
1986-1987 Daniel J. Dalton Anthony S. Marsella Dennis L. Riley
1988-1989 Daniel J. Dalton Anthony S. Marsella Dennis L. Riley
1990-1991[26] Daniel J. Dalton Anthony S. Marsella Ann A. Mullen
1992-1993 John J. Matheussen George Geist Mary Virginia Weber
1994-1995[12] John J. Matheussen Sean F. Dalton George Geist
1996-1997 John J. Matheussen Sean F. Dalton George Geist
1998-1999[18] John J. Matheussen George Geist Gerald Luongo
2000-2001[19] John J. Matheussen George Geist Robert J. Smith II
2002-2003[27] John J. Matheussen George Geist Robert J. Smith II
2004-2005[23] Fred H. Madden David R. Mayer Robert J. Smith II
2006-2007 Fred H. Madden David R. Mayer Paul Moriarty
2008-2009 Fred H. Madden Sandra Love Paul Moriarty
2010-2011 Fred H. Madden Domenick DiCicco Paul Moriarty
2012-2013 Fred H. Madden Paul Moriarty Gabriela Mosquera
2014-2015 Fred H. Madden Paul Moriarty Gabriela Mosquera

References[edit]

  1. ^ Districts by Number, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 29, 2014.
  2. ^ Districts by Number, New Jersey Legislature, backed up by the Internet Archive as of November 12, 2011. Accessed April 13, 2013.
  3. ^ DP-1: Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 - 2010 Demographic Profile Data for General Assembly District 4 (2010), New Jersey, United States Census Bureau. Accessed January 29, 2014.
  4. ^ District 4 Profile, Rutgers University. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  5. ^ 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book. Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. p. 23. 
  6. ^ Statewide Voter Registration Summary, New Jersey Department of State, November 28, 2013. Accessed January 28, 2014.
  7. ^ Legislative Roster 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 29, 2014.
  8. ^ District 4 Legislators, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 29, 2014.
  9. ^ Donohue, Joseph. "`FATIGUED'RILEY WON'T SEEK RE-ELECTION TO ASSEMBLY", The Press of Atlantic City, March 3, 1989. Accessed June 19, 2010.
  10. ^ a b Edge, Wally. "No Love in 4th, the state's #1 swing seat for a dozen years", Politicker Network, February 26, 2009. Accessed June 18, 2010.
  11. ^ Tedeschi, Bruno. "Drive, not cash, fuels Matheussen's Senate bid", The Record (Bergen County), May 31, 2002. Accessed June 18, 2010. "Matheussen a lawyer with the Philadelphia firm Dilworth Paxson was first elected to the state Senate in 1991 winning an open seat previously held by Democrat Daniel Dalton the Senate majority leader who became Florio's secretary of state."
  12. ^ a b Sullivan, Joseph F. "THE 1993 ELECTIONS: New Jersey Legislature; Cut Taxes 30 Percent? Whitman's Top Statehouse Allies Say Not So Fast", The New York Times, November 4, 1993. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  13. ^ a b NJ Assembly 04 - History, OurCampaigns.com. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  14. ^ Peterson, Iver. "ON POLITICS; It's Never Too Early To Look for Some Votes", The New York Times, August 6, 1995. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  15. ^ NJ Senate District 04 - History, OurCampaigns.com. Accessed May 26, 2010.
  16. ^ Staff. "Results of Senate Races; The Party Lines Hold in the Senate", The New York Times, November 9, 1997. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  17. ^ Staff. "ELECTION '97; Then There Were 80: Assembly Race Results", The New York Times, November 9, 1997. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  18. ^ a b Staff. "THE 1997 ELECTIONS: RESULTS; The Races for the New Jersey Assembly", The New York Times, November 5, 1997. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  19. ^ a b Kocieniewski, David. "THE 1999 ELECTIONS: NEW JERSEY ASSEMBLY; Democrats Win Seats in Three Districts, Narrowing Republicans' Majority", The New York Times, November 3, 1999. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  20. ^ Mansnerus, Laura. "Senator Named to Delaware River Authority", The New York Times, February 27, 2003. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  21. ^ Grabell, Michael J. "BRIEFINGS: LEGISLATURE; SENATE RACE SHAPES UP", The New York Times, April 6, 2003. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  22. ^ Staff. "Democrats gain an Assembly seat, South Jersey Democrats take control of an Assembly seat", Philadelphia Inquirer, November 5, 2003. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  23. ^ a b Kocieniewski, David. "THE 2003 ELECTION: THE STATEHOUSE; Democrats Seize Senate And Widen Assembly Gap", The New York Times, November 5, 2003. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  24. ^ Osborne, James. "Lovett and Mosquera face off again for Assembly seat", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 18, 2012. Accessed April 13, 2013. "The two women's paths converged in 2011 when a seat in the Fourth opened up after redistricting pushed Republican Dominick DiCicco into the Third District, and the Democrats gave Mosquera the nod. With a newly configured district, Mosquera and Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty won easily, almost doubling their Republican opponents' vote counts."
  25. ^ NJ Senate District 04 - History, OurCampaigns.com. Accessed June 17, 2010.
  26. ^ Staff. "Vote Totals for the Elections Held on Tuesday in New York and New Jersey", The New York Times, November 9, 1989. Accessed June 18, 2010.
  27. ^ Staff. "THE 2001 ELECTIONS; RESULTS -- The Races for New Jersey", The New York Times, November 8, 2001. Accessed June 17, 2010.