United States Senate election in New Jersey, 2014

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United States Senate election in New Jersey, 2014
New Jersey
2013 ←
November 4, 2014
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  Cory Booker Senate.jpg Jeff Bell, 2014.JPG
Nominee Cory Booker Jeff Bell
Party Democratic Republican

Incumbent U.S. Senator

Cory Booker
Democratic

The 2014 United States Senate election in New Jersey will be held on November 4, 2014 to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of New Jersey. Republican Jeff Bell is challenging Incumbent Democratic Senator Cory Booker.

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

  • Antonio Sabas, independent candidate for U.S. Senate in 2013[2][3]

Declined[edit]

Polling[edit]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cory Booker 197,158 100.00%
Totals 197,158 100.00%

Republican primary[edit]

2013 nominee Steve Lonegan announced in his concession speech that he would not run again for the seat in the 2014 race.[12] The top-tier candidates for the Republican Primary, Thomas Kean, Jr. and Jay Webber also declined to run in early January 2014, leaving Jon Bramnick and Michael J. Doherty as the remaining candidates with established credentials and fundraising abilities able to start a United States Senate campaign.[13][14] On January 9, 2014, Brian D. Goldberg, a West Orange resident and New Jersey businessman, announced that he would seek the Republican nomination.[15] The following week, on January 17, 2014, both Bramnick and Doherty announced that they would not be running for United States Senate.[15][16]

On January 27, 2014, Freehold Township businessman Richard J. "Rich" Pezzullo announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination. Pezzullo had previously run for the US Senate in 1996 as the Conservative Party candidate.[17][18] On February 4, 2014, conservative political consultant Jeff Bell announced his bid for the nomination. Bell was the nominee for the Senate in 1978, having defeated incumbent Senator Clifford Case in the Republican primary and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination in 1982.[19] Ramapo College professor Murray Sabrin, who ran for the Senate in 2000 and 2008, announced another run on February 13.[20] Former FBI agent Robert Turkvage, who ran as an Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012, had declared his candidacy. However, he got stuck in a traffic jam when he attempted to turn in his petitions shortly before the deadline, and was forced to withdraw.[21]

On March 4, Richard Pezzullo won the Union County Convention on the first ballot, going on to then win the line in Camden County and Republican stronghold Monmouth County. Opponent Brian Goldberg won the party lines in conventions in Ocean, Atlantic, Cumberland, Mercer, and Somerset Counties. Murray Sabrin won only the Middlesex line, and Jeffrey Bell made no convention appearances and contested no lines.[22] Three candidates – Brian Goldberg, Richard Pezzullo and Murray Sabrin – claimed the Burlington county line, though only Goldberg claimed to have won the line.[23] Goldberg was given the county line with no convention in Essex, Passaic, and Hudson Counties. Robert Turkavage won the convention in Hunterdon County, but the line transferred to Goldberg after Turkavage dropped out of the race.

Jeff Bell received significant support from the conservative American Principles Fund, who ran a direct mail operation that cost over $80,000, and the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-marriage equality group, who paid for $6,000 of automated calling.[24]

Candidates[edit]

Declared[edit]

Withdrew[edit]

Declined[edit]

Results[edit]

Republican primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jeff Bell 41,112 29.82%
Republican Richard J. Pezzullo 36,151 26.22%
Republican Brian D. Goldberg 33,370 24.21%
Republican Murray Sabrin 27,229 19.75%
Totals 137,862 100.00%

General election[edit]

Fundraising[edit]

Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Booker, CoryCory Booker (D) $16,171,449 $12,682,311 $3,489,139 $108,033
Bell, JeffJeff Bell (R) $197,815 $231,770 $0 $46,093
Goldberg, Brian D.Brian D. Goldberg (R) $9,131 $8,403 $727 $8,019
Sabrin, MurrayMurray Sabrin (R) $81,621 $80,974 $645 $23,000
Pezzullo, Richard J.Richard J. Pezzullo (R) $28,610 $11,876 $16,732 $15,000
[44][45][46][47][48][49]

Endorsements[edit]

Polling[edit]

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Cory
Booker (D)
Jeff
Bell (R)
Other Undecided
Quinnipiac July 31–August 4, 2014 1,148 ± 2.9% 47% 37% 1% 16%
CBS News/New York Times July 5–24, 2014 2,645 ± 3.4% 50% 43% 1% 6%
Monmouth University June 25–29, 2014 717 ± 3.7% 43% 23% 15% 17%
Rasmussen Reports June 17–18, 2014 750 ± 4% 48% 35% 4% 13%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Arco, Matthew (March 31, 2014). "Sabas submits petitions to challenge Booker". PolitickerNJ. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Candidates for US Senate". NJ SOS. April 1, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ Edwardslevy, Ariel (January 10, 2013). "Booker Leads Lautenberg Among New Jersey Democrats In 2014 Senate Poll". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Up to Christie who will fill seat - Philly.com". Articles.philly.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Darryl R. Isherwood (February 15, 2013). "Kennedy rules out 2014 run, endorses Pallone for Senate". PolitickerNJ.com. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ Renshaw, Jarrett (June 6, 2013). "Beth Mason, a wealthy Democrat activist, weighing U.S. Senate run". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ Joseph, Cameron (June 4, 2013). "Pallone tells NJ Dem congressman he's running for Senate". The Hill. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
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  11. ^ a b "Unofficial Primary Election Results Posted: 6/04/14 4:00 pm". New Jersey Department of State. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Lonegan For Senate (2013-10-16). "Lonegan Thanks Family, Supporters on Election Night". Loneganforsenate.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  13. ^ a b c "Christie calls for October election to fill Lautenberg's Senate seat : page all". NorthJersey.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Pizarro, Max (December 30, 2013). "Webber won't run for the U.S. Senate". Politicker NJ. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "N.J. Senator Doherty decides not to run against Booker". NJ.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
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  18. ^ Peterson, Iver (October 29, 1995). "ON POLITICS Third-Party Fervor? More Than Hard Work". New York Times. Retrieved October 29, 1995. 
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  24. ^ "Independent Expenditures in New Jersey Senate Race at the FEC". Federal Election Commission. June 30, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  25. ^ "N.J. Senator Doherty decides not to run against Booker". NJ.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  26. ^ Friedman, Matt (February 13, 2014). "Rampo professor Murray Sabrin jumps into U.S. Senate race". NJ.com. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  27. ^ Arco, Matthew (February 14, 2014). "Turkavage officially announcing Senate bid". Politicker NJ. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
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  29. ^ Aaron Blake (June 6, 2013). "Christie to appoint Jeff Chiesa to Senate". Washington Post. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
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  31. ^ "Ciattarelli won't run for U.S. Senate". Politicker NJ. Retrieved 2014-07-25. 
  32. ^ "Source: Daley Ready for U.S. Senate Bid | The Save Jersey Blog". Savejersey.com. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
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  42. ^ Santora, Marc (June 7, 2013). "Geraldo Rivera is Not the King of Rohan". National Journal. 
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  44. ^ "Cory Booker raises $1.2 million in the fourth quarter for 2014 senate run". NJ.com. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
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  46. ^ "Goldberg for Senate at the FEC". Federal Election Commission. June 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
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  48. ^ "Cory Booker for Senate at the FEC". Federal Election Commission. June 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  49. ^ "Pezzullo for Senator at the FEC". Federal Election Commission. May 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 
  50. ^ Christie endorses GOP Senate candidate challenging Booker NorthJersey.com
  51. ^ Gov. Kean Endorses Bell, Debate on Fed Bell for Senate release
  52. ^ Jeff Bell for Senate New York Sun
  53. ^ ACU PAC ENDORSES JEFF BELL FOR US SENATE ACU - conservative.org
  54. ^ NARAL 2014 PRO-CHOICE VOTER GUIDE prochoiceamerica.org
  55. ^ NEW JERSEY STATE AFL-CIO ANNOUNCES 2014 ENDORSEMENTS INCLUDING 24 LABOR CANDIDATES NJ AFL-CIO

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