4th Legislative District (New Jersey)
|New Jersey's 4th Legislative district|
|New Jersey State Senator||Fred H. Madden|
|New Jersey General Assemblymembers||Paul Moriarty
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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. 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. 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.
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. Geist and Dalton were re-elected in 1995, with Democrat Chris Manganello in third and Republican Gerald Luongo in fourth. 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. 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. With Dalton's seat open in the Assembly, Geist won re-election as did his running mate Gerald Luongo. 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.
Matheussen was nominated by Governor of New Jersey Jim McGreevey in February 2003 to head the Delaware River Port Authority. 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. 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.
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.
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