|Member of the New Jersey General Assembly|
from the 26th district
|Assumed office |
January 8, 2008
|Preceded by||Joseph Pennacchio|
|Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee|
June 17, 2009 – January 11, 2011
|Preceded by||Tom Wilson|
|Succeeded by||Sam Raia|
|Born||February 29, 1972|
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||Johns Hopkins University (BA)|
Harvard University (JD)
James K. "Jay" Webber (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. Webber has served in the Assembly as the Minority Appropriations Officer since 2018.
Early life and education
Webber was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. Raised in Clifton, he attended Saint Joseph Regional High School. He received a B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and a Second Team All-American in baseball. He served as Budget Staffer and District Director to William J. Martini during his term in Congress. After leaving Congressman Martini's office, Webber was a staff member at the Manhattan Institute. Webber earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and clerked for New Jersey Supreme Court justice Peter Verniero.
New Jersey Senate campaign
At age 30 in 2003, Webber ran in the Republican primary against incumbent State Senator Robert Martin by running to the right of the senator. Martin defeated Webber by approximately 1,900 votes, 15 percentage points from the total vote.
New Jersey Assembly
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%). Webber was elected in the general election and has subsequently been re-elected every two years since then.
Committee assignments for the current session are:
- Financial Institutions and Insurance
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 representatives from the 26th District for the 2022—23 Legislative Session are:
New Jersey Republican Party chairmanship
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. State Committee members unanimously supported the selection of Webber in a vote on June 17, 2009. Webber announced that he would be leaving the Chairman's post in January 2011, and was succeeded by Sam Raia.
2018 U.S. House campaign
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. 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.
New Jersey Assembly
|Republican||Jay Webber (incumbent)||46,239||29.98%|
|Republican||Christian E. Barranco||45,224||29.32%|
|Democratic||Melissa Brown Blaeuer||31,355||20.33%|
|Republican||BettyLou DeCroce (incumbent)||24,706||28.5%|
|Republican||Jay Webber (incumbent)||24,451||28.21%|
|Democratic||Joseph R. Raich||24,732||22.0||2.6|
|Democratic||E. William Edge||24,362||21.6||2.8|
|Democratic||Wayne B. Marek||8,525||18.8||1.7|
|Green||Jimmy D. Brash||666||1.5||N/A|
|Democratic||Wayne B. Marek||20,107||16.0||0.9|
United States House of Representatives
|Democratic gain from Republican|
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