On Tuesday, state general elections took place across the 12 congressional districts in New Jersey to determine who will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The votes of New Jerseyans in these elections impact the balance of power between the Democratic and Republican Parties within the U.S. House of Representatives, according to an article from NJ Advance Media.
In this election specifically, New Jersey had the potential to be a critical factor due to the Republican Party’s goal to regain the majority of seats in Congress, according to the article.
Regarding the general elections, the Associated Press has reported that candidates of the Democratic Party won in 9 of the 12 state districts while candidates of the Republican party won in three of them, with 95 percent of the votes counted.
Candidates Donald Norcross (D-1), Andy Kim (D-3), Josh Gottheimer (D-5), Frank Pallone (D-6), Bill Pascrell (D-9), Donald Payne Jr. (D-10), Mikie Sherrill (D-11) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) were the incumbent candidates reportedly reelected in their roles, according to the article.
Robert Menendez (D-8), who had not previously held the seat, won the election against Republican nominee Marcos Arroyo (R-8).
Republican incumbent candidates Jeff Van Drew (R-2) and Christopher Smith (D-4) reportedly won in their respective districts while Thomas Kean Jr. (R-7) won the seat for the first time, according to the article.
Results as to which political party controls the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives are not yet finalized.