Jay Webber

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Jay Webber
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 26th District
Assumed office
January 8, 2008
Serving with BettyLou DeCroce
Preceded byJoseph Pennacchio
Chair of the New Jersey Republican Party
In office
June 17, 2009 – January 11, 2011
Preceded byTom Wilson
Succeeded bySam Raia
Personal details
Born (1972-02-29) February 29, 1972 (age 47)
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Johanna Webber
EducationJohns Hopkins University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
WebsiteLegislative Website
Assembly Republicans Website

James K. "Jay" Webber[1] (born February 29, 1972) is an American Republican politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since January 8, 2008, where he represents the 26th legislative district. He served as Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee from June 2009 until January 2011. He was the Republican nominee in the 2018 election for New Jersey's 11th congressional district, but was defeated by Democrat Mikie Sherrill.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Webber was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. Raised in Clifton, he attended Saint Joseph Regional High School.[3] He received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University with a major in international studies, and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School.[4] Before becoming a practicing attorney, he served as a legislative aide to William J. Martini during his term in Congress and clerked for New Jersey Supreme Court justice Peter Verniero.[5][6]

New Jersey Senate Campaign[edit]

At the age of 30 in 2003, Webber ran in the Republican primary against incumbent State Senator Robert Martin by running to the right of the senator.[5] Martin defeated Webber by approximately 1,900 votes, 15 percentage points from the total vote.[7]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

In 2007, following the retirement of Martin from the Senate and incumbent Assemblyman Joseph Pennacchio deciding to run for Martin's seat, Webber ran in the Republican primary for Pennacchio's Assembly seat. Incumbent Alex DeCroce took the most votes in the June primary (9,833 votes or 41.1%) while Webber advanced to the November general election by coming in second (7,679 votes, 32.2%) defeating Kinnelon councilman Larry Casha (6,369 votes, 26.7%).[8][9] Webber was elected in the general election and has subsequently been re-elected every two years since then.


  • Appropriations
  • Financial Institutions and Insurance
  • Homeland Security and State Preparedness

NJ GOP Chairmanship[edit]

On June 11, 2009, Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie announced his selection of Webber to succeed Tom Wilson as chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.[10] State Committee members unanimously supported the selection of Webber in a vote on June 17, 2009.[11] Webber announced that he would be leaving the Chairman's post in January 2011, and was succeeded by Sam Raia.[12] In the assembly, he voted against banning conversion therapy for minors [13][14] [15].

2018 U.S. House campaign[edit]

On February 3, 2018, Webber announced he would officially run for the U.S. House seat representing New Jersey's 11th congressional district, after incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen announced on January 29 that he would not seek reelection. Webber received the Republican Party nomination in the June 6 primary election, defeating Anthony Ghee and Peter DeNeufville.[16] He was defeated by Democratic nominee Mikie Sherrill in the November general election. Sherrill won 56.2% of the vote to Webber's 42.7%, defeating him by 13.5%, a 33 percentage-point shift in the vote share towards the Democrat compared to the last election. It was the largest partisan swing of any district in the 2018 House Elections.[17]

District 26[edit]

Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 26th District for the 2018-19 legislative session are


Personal Life[edit]

He is married to Johanna, with whom he has seven children. He is a resident of Morris Plains. He owns a law firm based in Whippany.

Electoral History[edit]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

New Jersey general election, 2017
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jay Webber 31,810 28.2 Decrease 2.1
Republican BettyLou DeCroce 31,766 28.2 Decrease 1.9
Democratic Joseph R. Raich 24,732 22.0 Increase 2.6
Democratic E. William Edge 24,362 21.6 Increase 2.8
Total votes 112,670 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jay Webber 13,739 30.3 Decrease 2.3
Republican BettyLou DeCroce 13,666 30.1 Decrease 2.8
Democratic Avery Hart 8,805 19.4 Increase 2.0
Democratic Wayne B. Marek 8,525 18.8 Increase 1.7
Green Jimmy D. Brash 666 1.5 N/A
Total votes 45,401 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican BettyLou DeCroce 35,352 32.9 Increase 0.9
Republican Jay Webber 35,028 32.6 Increase 1.2
Democratic Elliot Isibor 18,720 17.4 Increase 0.6
Democratic Joseph Raich 18,379 17.1 Decrease 0.5
Total votes 107,479 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Alex DeCroce 19,696 32.0
Republican Jay Webber 19,543 31.8
Democratic Joseph Raich 10,847 17.6
Democratic Elliot Isibor 10,319 16.8
Green Michael Spector 1,095 1.8
Total votes 61,500 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2009
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Alex DeCroce 43,647 34.7 Increase 2.6
Republican Jay Webber 42,077 33.4 Increase 2.6
Democratic Wayne B. Marek 20,107 16.0 Decrease 0.9
Democratic Douglas Herbert 20,015 15.9 Decrease 1.2
Total votes 125,846 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Alex DeCroce 25,342 32.1 Increase 1.9
Republican Jay Webber 24,307 30.8 Increase 1.7
Democratic David Modrak 13,488 17.1 Decrease 3.0
Democratic Wayne Marek 13,308 16.9 Decrease 2.5
Green Michael Spector 971 1.2 N/A
Green Matthew Norton 935 1.2 N/A
Libertarian Kenneth Kaplan 577 0.7 Increase 0.1
Total votes 78,928 100.0

United States House of Representatives[edit]

New Jersey's 11th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mikie Sherrill 183,684 56.8
Republican Jay Webber 136,322 42.1
Independent Robert Crook 2,182 0.7
Libertarian Ryan Martinez 1,386 0.4
Total votes 323,574 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican


  1. ^ James K. Webber, Webber McGill LLC. Accessed June 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Democrat Mikie Sherrill declared winner in District 11 race".
  3. ^ Garber, Phil. "Republican voters to pick possible successor to Frelinghuysen in 11th District", Cedar Grove / Verona Observer, May 29, 2018. Accessed June 28, 2018. "Webber grew up in Clifton and attended St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale."
  4. ^ Assemblyman Webber's legislative webpage, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 13, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Kornacki, Steve (April 13, 2003). "Martin makes right turn on road to a GOP primary". Politics NJ. Archived from the original on December 12, 2006. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Assemblyman Jay Webber". New Jersey Assembly Republicans. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For June 2003 Primary Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. April 3, 2006. p. 26. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  8. ^ Heyboer, Kelly; Murphy, Dan (June 5, 2007). "26th District: DeCroce, Webber win GOP Assembly nods". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  9. ^ "Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For June 2007 Primary Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. July 20, 2007. p. 26. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  10. ^ Rispoli, Michael. "N.J. gov candidate Chris Christie taps Assemblyman Jay Webber to head N.J. GOP", The Star-Ledger, June 11, 2009. Accessed September 26, 2015.
  11. ^ "Webber Elected NJGOP Chairman". New Jersey Republican State Committee. 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2009-06-19.[dead link]
  12. ^ Dinges, Tomás. "N.J. Republican Party elects new state chairman", The Star-Ledger, January 11, 2011. Accessed September 26, 2015. "Raia was named the new head of the New Jersey Republican State Committee last Thursday. That news came shortly after former chair Assemblyman Jay Webber, of Morris Plains, announced he would step down."
  13. ^ https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/statement-jay-webbers-anti-lgbt-track-record-luncheon-vice-president-pence/
  14. ^ https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/10/11/billed-as-a-national-litmus-test-debate-in-cd-11-stays-close-to-home/
  15. ^ https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45478
  16. ^ Hetrick, Christian (June 5, 2018). "Jay Webber Wins GOP Primary in New Jersey's 11th District". Observer. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  17. ^ "U.S. House Election Results 2018". Politico. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  18. ^ Legislative Roster, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed September 15, 2015.

External links[edit]

New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Joseph Pennacchio
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 26th District
January 8, w

2008- Present
Served alongside: Alex DeCroce, BettyLou DeCroce

Party political offices
Preceded by
Tom Wilson
Chair of the New Jersey Republican Party
June 11, 2009–January 11, 2011
Succeeded by
Sam Raia