New Jersey's 13th congressional district election, 2006

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A special election was held on November 7, 2006 in the New Jersey's 13th congressional district to choose a new member of the United States House of Representatives to replace Bob Menendez, who was appointed to the United States Senate. It is considered a safe Democratic seat by[1] Democrat Albio Sires ran for the Congressional seat for both the election for a full two-year term and for the special election to complete the final two months of Menendez's term. Sires defeated Republican John Guarini — a salesman and second cousin of former New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank J. Guarini (1979–93). Vas did not seek the unexpired term seat. Sires margin of victory was 78% to 19%.[2]


In the June 6, 2006 primary, Sires beat fellow assemblyman Joseph Vas, of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, winning 68% to 32%. In the special primary to fill the remaining two months, Sires won approximately 90% of the vote, defeating James Geron, assuring Sires of a Congressional seat as no Republican was seeking the term.

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John Guarini was the 2006 Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives in New Jersey's 13th congressional district. He ran against Albio Sires, who represented the 33rd legislative district in the New Jersey General Assembly. John Guarini is a salesman and a community activist who supported George W. Bush during the 2004 presidential election. Guarini is currently the chairman of the Jersey City 9/11 Committee, which has run into problems with the city's memorial honoring the victims of the event. John Guarini is also the second cousin of former New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank J. Guarini. Frank Guarini also ran against Sires for a house seat in 1986, except in that race Sires was the Republican nominee and Guarini was the Democratic incumbent.

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