Democrats win seven; Republicans five Congressional seats in New Jersey: Indian American Jacob defeated

TRENTON, NJ (TIP): The Democratic Party won seven seats while Republicans got five in U.S. House of Representatives elections in New Jerseythat took place on November 8, 2016. Before the election the Democratic Party and the Republican Party each held six of the 12 congressional seats from New Jersey.

Peter Jacob, Indian origin Democrat candidate from Seventh District, who was endorsed by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, lost the race to Republican candidate Leonard Lance. Another Democrat candidate David Cole, who was endorsed by President Barack Obama, was also defeated.

Voters elected 12 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state’s 12 congressional districts. With no U.S. Senate seat up for election (Robert Menendez next runs in 2018 and Cory Booker in 2020), most attentionwas focused on the North Jersey congressional race where Democratic challenger Josh Gottheimer ousted seven-term incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Garrett, the only federal lawmaker in the state to lose a bid for re-election.

Here are the results:

First District: Rep. Donald Norcross (D) defeated Bob Patterson (R) in his bid for a second term.

Second District: Rep. Frank

 

LoBiondo (R) beat David Cole.

Third District: First-term Rep. Tom MacArthur (R) won over Frederick John LaVergne (D).

Fourth District: Rep. Chris Smith (R), the longest serving member of the New Jersey delegation, beat Lorna Phillipson (D).

Fifth District: Democratic challenger Josh Gottheimer ousted seven-term incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Garrett

Sixth District: Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D) defeated Brent Sonnek-Schmelz (R).

Seventh District: Rep. Leonard Lance (R) outpolled Peter Jacob

Eighth District: Rep. Albio Sires (D) beat Agha Khan (R).

Ninth District: Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D) won his race against Hector Castillo (R).

Tenth District: Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D) was the winner over David Pinckney (R), who didn’t report any fundraising.

Seventh District: Rep. Leonard Lance (R) outpolled Peter Jacob

Eleventh District: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R) beat Joseph Wenzel (D).

Twelfth District: Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) defeated Steven Uccio (R).