New Jersey's 12th congressional district
|New Jersey's 12th congressional district|
|Current Representative||Rush D. Holt, Jr. (D–Hopewell Township, Mercer County)|
|Distribution||93.17% urban, 6.83% rural|
|Ethnicity||75.4% White, 11.7% Black, 9.1% Asian, 5.5% Hispanic, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% other|
New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional district is represented by Democrat Rush D. Holt Jr. The district is known for its research centers and educational institutions such as Princeton University, The College of New Jersey, Institute for Advanced Study, Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
The present 12th Congressional District is a Democratic-leaning district, as measured by the Cook PVI. This along with an incumbent Democratic Congressman, has led the Republicans to not target the 12th since the election of 2002.
In the redistricting following the United States Census, 2000, several municipalities (with histories of supporting Democratic candidates) were added to the 12th. In 2002, despite an expensive challenge from former New Jersey Secretary of State Buster Soaries, Rush Holt was re-elected with 61%.
In 2008, Holt defeated Holmdel Township Deputy Mayor Alan Bateman (62–36%).
In 2010, while Democrats suffered huge House loses, Holt defeated Princeton venture capitalist Scott Sipprelle and Independent Kenneth J. Cody (53–46–1%).
Counties and municipalities in the district
A change was made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections. The district currently contains portions of four counties and 31 municipalities:
Mercer County (10)
- Ewing Township, East Windsor, Hightstown, Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough, Lawrence Township, Pennington, Princeton, Trenton, West Windsor Township
Middlesex County (14)
- Cranbury Township, Dunellen, East Brunswick Township, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Middlesex, Milltown, Monroe Township, North Brunswick Township, Old Bridge Township (part, also 6), Plainsboro Township, South Brunswick Township, South River Borough, and Spotswood Borough
Somerset County (4)
Union County (3)
Recent election results
|District created March 4, 1913|
|James A. Hamill||Democratic||March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1921||redistricted from the 10th district|
|Charles F. X. O'Brien||Democratic||March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1925|
|Mary T. Norton||Democratic||March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1933||redistricted to the 13th district|
|Frederick R. Lehlbach||Republican||March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937||redistricted from the 10th district|
|Frank W. Towey, Jr.||Democratic||January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939|
|Robert W. Kean||Republican||January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1959|
|George M. Wallhauser||Republican||January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1965|
|Paul J. Krebs||Democratic||January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1967|
|Florence P. Dwyer||Republican||January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1973||redistricted from the 6th district|
|Matthew J. Rinaldo||Republican||January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983||redistricted to the 7th district|
|James A. Courter||Republican||January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1991||redistricted from the 13th district|
|Dick Zimmer||Republican||January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997|
|Michael J. Pappas||Republican||January 3, 1997 – January 3, 1999|
|Rush D. Holt, Jr.||Democratic||January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2015||Incumbent|
|Bonnie Watson Coleman||Democratic||January 3, 2015 –|
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