United States Senate election in New Jersey, 2002

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United States Senate election in New Jersey, 2002
New Jersey
1996 ←
November 5, 2002
→ 2008

  Frank Lautenberg, official portrait, 112th portrait crop.jpg
Nominee Frank Lautenberg Doug Forrester
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,138,193 928,439
Percentage 53.88% 43.95%

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County Results

Senator before election

Robert Torricelli

Elected Senator

Frank Lautenberg

The 2002 United States Senate election in New Jersey was held on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli decided to retire. Democrat Frank Lautenberg won the open seat.

Major candidates[edit]




First-term Senator Robert Torricelli dropped out of the race on September 30 due to ethical problems and poor poll numbers against Doug Forrester, a relatively unknown opponent.[1] The New Jersey Democratic Party endorsed former Senator Frank Lautenberg after Torricelli dropped out. In the case of The New Jersey Democratic Party v. Samson, 175 N.J. 178 (2002), Forrester sued to stop Democratic Party efforts to have Frank Lautenberg replace Torricelli. The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled unanimously on October 2 that the party could switch Lautenberg's name in for Sen. Torricelli's on the ballot.[2] Forrester received the endorsement of President George W. Bush.[3]


New Jersey United States Senate Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Frank Lautenberg 1,138,193 53.88%
Republican Doug Forrester 928,439 43.95%
Green Ted Glick 24,308 1.15%
Libertarian Elizabeth Macron 12,558 0.59%
Conservative Norman E. Wahner 6,404 0.30%
Socialist Greg Pason 2,702 0.13%
Majority 209,754 9.93%
Democratic hold Swing {{{swing}}}


  1. ^ http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/torricelli_09-30-02.html
  2. ^ http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2002/races/nj_senate.html
  3. ^ Remarks by the President at Doug Forrester for Senate Event, White House press release dated September 23, 2002