Cory Booker

US Senate (Incumbent)

Vote Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cory Booker is connected to the people of New Jersey and the challenges they face every day. New Jersey’s first African-American senator, he won a special election to fill the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg in October 2013.

In the U.S. Senate, Cory has brought people together to get things done for New Jersey. He has focused on creating new jobs, improving economic opportunity, speeding the pace of Hurricane Sandy recovery and addressing the economic squeeze facing middle class families. He has reached across the aisle to work on issues such as reforming the criminal justice system to strengthen communities and save taxpayers money.

Prior to the Senate, Cory served as mayor of New Jersey’s largest city, Newark. Under his leadership, the city entered its biggest period of economic growth since the 1960s and overall crime declined.

A star athlete at Northern Valley High School in Old Tappan, Cory earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University, where he also played for the football team. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and earned his law degree from Yale Law School. Cory lives in Newark’s Central Ward community.

Donald Norcross

For US Congress - District 1

State Senator Donald Norcross has been a lifelong advocate for working men and women of New Jersey whose efforts have resulted in the creation of quality jobs for people across the South Jersey region. He has championed programs to expand and diversify the workforce through the recruitment and hiring of women and minorities, and has supported legislative initiatives that put our nation’s veterans to work. He is running for the congressional seat vacated by former U.S. Representative Rob Andrews.

Senator Norcross, who began his career in organized labor in 1979 and rose through the ranks of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has also been actively involved with United Way. Senator Norcross recognizes that while New Jersey is the richest state per capita many working families have been left behind. He strongly advocates for increasing the minimum wage, giving hundreds of thousands of residents the raise they deserve, and he is committed to making New Jersey affordable through the creation of public-private partnerships and other initiatives that stimulate economic development, revitalize neighborhoods, and rejuvenate business districts.

Senator Norcross and his wife live in the City of Camden. He is the father of three and grandfather of two.

Bill Hughes Jr.

For US Congress - District 2

Bill Hughes is an attorney with the Atlantic City-based firm Cooper Levenson.

Hughes went to Franklin and Marshall College, graduated law school at Rutgers University-Camden, earned a Masters of Laws from Georgetown, and a Masters of Public Policy and Political Science from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University.

After Rutgers, he became a trial attorney and a federal prosecutor for the Unites State Department of Justice. As a federal prosecutor, Hughes’ work on behalf of law enforcement and victims’ rights was recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshals Service, the Federal Air Marshals and Internal Revenue Service.

Hughes has served his community as the Chairman of Crimestoppers of Atlantic County and President of the Jersey Shore Council for the Boy Scouts of America. He is the son of William Hughes, who served in Congress from 1975 to 1995 and as U.S. Ambassador to Panama from 1995 to 1998. Hughes currently resides in Northfield with his wife and their three young children.

Aimee Belgard

For US Congress - District 3

Aimee grew up in South Jersey, in a middle-class family of four. She is a seasoned trial and appellate litigator, a Burlington County Freeholder, an award-winning volunteer community leader, and the mother of two young boys. Additionally, Aimee is an active member of Neighborhood Watch and proudly serves as an Honorary Commander with the 514th Air Mobility Wing at the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base.

Aimee, who lost both of her parents to cancer, became very involved with the American Cancer Society, serving on both the local and national level. She was first elected to the Edgewater Park Township Committee in 2009 and she was elected to the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2012. A battle-tested candidate and a proven fighter, Aimee represents 55% of the 3rd Congressional District as Burlington County Freeholder.

Aimee graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High and Stockton College in South Jersey, before obtaining her law degree from Widener University. She and her husband, Bill, a small business owner, are the proud parents of two school-aged sons. They live in Edgewater Park.

Ruben Scolavino

For US Congress - District 4

Ruben Scolavino is running to represent New Jersey’s 4th District and to replace Republican incumbent Chris Smith - a radical and reckless right-winger who has spearheaded the Republican war on women.

Most of Smith’s constituents don’t even know who their Congressman is, partly because he lays low and doesn’t tell them the whole truth about issues such as his opposition to gun control.

Scolavino, 39, came to the U.S. from Uruguay when he was six years old, and is committed to enacting immigration reform that provides undocumented immigrants a path to U.S. citizenship — as long as they don’t have criminal records — that offers the same opportunities he has enjoyed.

Scolavino, who put himself through college by working three jobs, says he’s been lucky. “I have a wife I have been with for 19 years, I have a nice house, I have a practice that’s doing well. I teach college,” he said. Running for Congress is his way to “give back” to the country that allowed him to prosper, first as a prosecutor and now as an attorney in private practice.

He supports raising the minimum wage as a means to help working people who have not benefited from recent economic gains.

Roy Cho

For US Congress - District 5

A 33 year old business attorney who lives in Hackensack, Roy Cho is running for Congress to do something about the gridlock and moneyed special interests that are making Washington more dysfunctional than ever.

Cho is the son of immigrants who came to the United States with little more than the conviction that hard work and determination could lead to success. A scholar athlete and product of New Jersey public schools, Roy graduated with honors from Brown University and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where he served as the Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. After college and during law school, Roy also worked in government.

Currently on a leave of absence from the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP to campaign for Congress, Roy has been a business and private equity attorney for the past five years. He uses his understanding of the increasingly complex corporate and public-private partnership arenas to help guide clients in the United States and throughout the world.

He is challenging Congressman Scott Garrett, a Tea Party extremists who neglected the needs of Superstorm Sandy survivors when they needed him most.

Frank Pallone Jr.

District 6 (Incumbent)

Frank Pallone, Jr. is serving his 13th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pallone's Central Jersey district covers most of Middlesex County, as well as the Bayshore and oceanfront areas of Monmouth County — an ethnically diverse area with a wide range of business and industry that are on the cutting edge of high technology research and development

Pallone's legislative accomplishments have been geared to the protection and restoration of environmental resources and making health care more affordable and accessible.

He is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to energy, environment, health care, commerce and telecommunications, and the top Democrat on the Committee's Subcommittee on Health. Pallone is also a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over fisheries, oceans and other coastal issues.

The son of a policeman, Pallone attended local public schools and earned an academic scholarship to Middlebury College, where he graduated cum laude. He received his master's degree in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a law degree at Rutgers University. Pallone is married and has three children.

Janice Kovach

For US Congress - District 7

Janice Kovach is the Democratic nominee in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District because she wants to get things done for New Jersey and believes that she can make a difference in Washington, DC. A qualified, experienced elected official with a track record of standing up for what is right, Kovach has earned bipartisan respect as Mayor of the Town of Clinton. and before that as a Council Member. Additionally, she has served as the Director of the New Jersey Division on Women, a position appointed by the Governor.

Kovach is a business consultant with expertise in business operations and management. Previously, she was a Director with Prudential, in charge of a 24/7 call center and a Marketing Project Management Group. She also has held management positions with Fleet and NatWest Banks. Kovach earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College.

As a volunteer, she served as a Trustee of the Red Mill Museum Village and as President and Trustee of the CPS Partners in Education Foundation. Additionally, she has been an appointee to the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council. Janice is a Leadership NJ Fellow (Class of 2009). Her other Community involvement includes board memberships with groups such as the Girl Scouts Heart of NJ, United Way Women’s Leadership Council, and the Women’s Heart Foundation.

Janice Kovach lives in Clinton, NJ with her husband, Stephen, and their three children.

Albio Sires

District 8 (Incumbent)

Born in the Cuba, Congressman Sires grew up in the waning years of pre-Communist Cuba. His family fled in January 1962 with the help of relatives in America.

Congressman Sires became a star basketball player at Memorial High School and received a four-year basketball scholarship from St. Peter’s College, before earning a Masters Degree from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Congressman Sires was a teacher and business owner before entering public service as Mayor of West New York, New Jersey. As Mayor, he balanced twelve consecutive municipal budgets while maintaining and enhancing vital municipal services, earning the title “Mayor of the Year” in 2004. Sires also served in the New Jersey State Assembly, including two terms as Speaker of the Assembly.

In Congress, Sires serves on two Committees: Foreign Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure. His Committee assignments allow him to focus on protecting human rights and freedoms across the globe, building international partnerships to improving our nation’s security, and supporting increased transit and commuting options.

Congressman Sires resides in West New York with his wife, Adrienne.

Bill Pascrell Jr.

District 9 (Incumbent)

Bill Pascrell, Jr. sits on the Committee on Ways and Means, and the Committee on the Budget -- assignments that allow Bill to be deeply involved in the issues that are important to the citizens of New Jersey.

He is one of the leading Congressional voices on protecting Medicare and Social Security for our seniors., and he uses his Committee position to advocate for a fair international trade policy and on behalf of tax reform that includes the elimination of the Alternative Minimum Tax. Bill also continues to be a strong advocate for the modernization of New Jersey’s transportation in infrastructure.

Before being elected to Congress, Bill proudly served as the Mayor of Paterson from 1990-1996 and a member of the New Jersey State Assembly from 1988-1996. He was previously a member of the Paterson Board of Education, a public high school teacher, and a college adjunct professor at Farleigh Dickenson University.

Bill graduated from Fordham University in New York with bachelors degree in Journalism and a masters degree in Philosophy. He has three sons and resides in Paterson with his wife, Elsie.

Donald Payne Jr.

District 10 (Incumbent)

The Honorable Donald M. Payne, Jr., a Newark native, has worked as a tireless advocate for New Jersey’s working families for over two decades, fighting to create jobs, increase health and economic security, and invest in education.

Congressman Payne, Jr., is a member of the Committee on Homeland Security where he serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, as well as the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency. He also serves on the Committee on Small Business where he works to expand access to capital for small business owners and increase jobs training. And, he is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

Congressman Payne, Jr was first elected to Congress in November 2012 following the untimely death of his father, respected former Congressman Donald M. Payne, Sr., who represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives for twenty-three years. Prior, Payne Jr. served as Newark Municipal Council President and Essex County Freeholder-at-Large. He attended Kean College (now Kean University). 

Congressman Donald Payne Jr. lives in Newark with his wife and their 15-year-old triplets.

Mark Dunec

For US Congress - District 11

Mark Dunec is a businessperson, community leader and family man. He makes his living as a professional problem solver working in a global management consulting firm, and his results-oriented approach is a strong contrast to the approach of the incumbent, Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen.

Dunec believes elected officials need to be held accountable to the highest standards, because government represents you, the taxpayer. In Congress, Dunec plans to tackle the district’s complex issues with common sense, and by being practical, hands on, and independent-minded.

Mark Dune has an M.B.A in Finance from New York’s Pace University and a B.A. in History from Toronto’s York University. He is a Board Member of the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, and he has served as a member of the New Jersey Leadership Council, the National Council of AIPAC, and the Transportation Advisory Committee for the Township of Livingston, where he lives. He is married and has two children.

Bonnie Watson Coleman

For US Congress - District 12

Bonnie Watson Coleman is one of New Jersey’s most respected and influential legislators, having been elected to the Legislature for eight consecutive terms. An advocate for hardworking families, Bonnie represents our shared democratic values and cares deeply about the direction our nation is headed.

Among her many achievements in the Legislature, Bonnie was on the front lines in the fight to increase the minimum wage, to pass the Paid Family Leave Act and to create the Office of the Comptroller to battle waste, fraud and abuse in government. She believes that parents are an integral part of the solution to fix our schools and introduced legislation to ensure local control of public schools.

Bonnie also shattered racial and gender barriers to become the first African American woman to serve as Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly, and the first African American woman to serve as Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. When elected to replace retiring Congressman Rush Holt, Bonnie will be the first African American woman to represent New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A graduate of Thomas Edison State College, Bonnie and her husband reside in Ewing Township and are have three sons.

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