New Jersey Republican State Committee

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Republican Party of New Jersey
ChairpersonDoug Steinhardt
Senate Minority LeaderThomas Kean, Jr.
Assembly Minority LeaderJon Bramnick
Headquarters150 West State Street, Suite 230
Trenton, NJ 08608
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Fiscal conservatism
Social conservatism
Political positionCenter-right
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The New Jersey Republican State Committee (NJGOP) is the affiliate of the Republican Party in New Jersey. The Committee was founded in 1880. The party is currently led by Doug Steinhardt, who replaced Michael B. Lavery. Lavery replaced Sam Raia of Saddle River, New Jersey.[1]


According to the New Jersey Republican State Committee's Constitution and By-Laws the State Committee shall be composed of one male and one female registered Republican from each of the 21 counties of New Jersey elected at the primary election in the year in which the Governor is to be elected. Each elected member shall take office upon their election following the primary, and hold office for four years.

Party financing[edit]

On January 19, 2006 the Star-Ledger published the findings of quarterly reports by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. The New Jersey Republican State Committee had raised about $2.2 million and spent $2.1 million. The organization representing Republican Assemblymen called the Assembly Republican Victory had raised $2.2 million and spent $2.4 million. The organization representing the Republican State Senators called the Senate Republican Majority had raised a little more than $700,000 and spent about $640,000. In total the three State Republican organizations had raised $5.2 million and spent around $5.2 million.

Current leadership[edit]

  • Doug Steinhardt, Chairman
  • Lynda A. Pagliughli, Vice Chairwoman
  • Irene Kim Asbury, Secretary
  • James Foerst, Treasurer
  • Bill Palatucci, National Committeeman
  • Virginia Haines, National Committeewoman
  • Rob Ortiz, Finance Chairman
  • Theresa Winegar, Executive Director

Current elected officials[edit]

The New Jersey Republican Party holds a minority in both the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate. Republicans hold two of the state's twelve U.S. House seats, having lost four in the 2018 midterms but with one Democrat switching to the GOP in 2020.

Members of Congress[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]

  • None

Both of New Jersey's U.S. Senate seats have held by Democrats since 2013. Jeffrey Chiesa was the last Republican to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate. Appointed in 2012 by then Governor Chris Christie after the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg, Chiesa opted not to run in the special election to determine who would serve the remainder of the term. Steve Lonegan instead ran and was subsequently defeated by Democratic challenger Cory Booker. Clifford P. Case was the last Republican elected to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate in 1972. First elected in 1954, Case served four consecutive terms before losing the Republican primary in 1978 to Jeff Bell who himself lost the General election to Democratic challenger Bill Bradley.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Out of the 12 seats New Jersey is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 2 are held by Republicans:

State officials[edit]

New Jersey Senate[edit]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

Past elected officials[edit]

Vice President of the United States[edit]

U.S. Senators[edit]

U.S. Representatives[edit]








Notable past party members[edit]

  • Garret Hobart: First party chairman serving from 1880 till 1891. Was the 24th Vice President of the United States. Sixth Vice President to die in office.
  • Nelson G. Gross: Party chairman from 1969 till 1970. Gross was arrested and sentenced to two years for five counts of tax fraud and perjury. Gross was kidnapped and murdered on September 17, 1997.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dinges, Tomas (January 11, 2011). "N.J. Republican Party elects new state chairman". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 9, 2011.

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