New Jersey Republican State Committee
|Senate leader||Thomas Kean, Jr.|
|Headquarters||150 West State Street, Suite 230
Trenton, NJ 08608
|National affiliation||Republican Party|
The New Jersey Republican State Committee is the affiliate of the Republican Party in New Jersey. The Committee was founded in 1880. The party is led by Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee Sam Raia of Saddle River, New Jersey.
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.
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.
- Sam Raia, State Chairman, 2011-2013
- Lynda A. Pagliughli, Vice Chairwoman
- Irene Kim Asbury, Secretary
- James Foerst, Treasurer
- Bill Palatucci, National Committeeman
- Virginia Haines, National Committeewoman
- Rob Ortiz, Finance Chairman
- Pete Sheridan, Executive Director
Current elected officials
The New Jersey Republican Party controls the governor's and lieutenant governor's offices and holds a minority in both the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate. Republicans hold five of the state's twelve U.S. seats.
Members of Congress
- Frank LoBiondo, 2nd District
- Tom MacArthur, 3rd District
- Chris Smith, 4th District
- Leonard Lance, 7th District
- Rodney P. Frelinghuysen, 11th District
Notable past party members
- 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.
- Dinges, Tomas (January 11, 2011). "N.J. Republican Party elects new state chairman". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 9, 2011.