Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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GOP Incumbent Seems to Have Little to Worry About in 2nd Congressional District

The 2nd Congressional District in New Jersey features an incumbent Republican who has served for 19 years in a district that often tilts Democratic in presidential races, including five of the last six presidential contests, the lone exception being for President Bush in 2004.

GOP Incumbent Seems to Have Little to Worry About in 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Frank LoBiondo
Rep. Frank LoBiondo

The 2nd Congressional District in New Jersey features an incumbent Republican who has served for 19 years in a district that often tilts Democratic in presidential races, including five of the last six presidential contests, the lone exception being for President Bush in 2004.

If Frank LoBiondo survives his primary, his Democratic opponent in the general election could well be the son of the man LoBiondo succeeded in Congress in 1995.

While one political observer thinks the 2nd is one of a handful of “safe” districts nationwide for the GOP, another analyst thinks LoBiondo’s likely foe -- William Hughes Jr – might be able to return the district to the Democratic side.

At stake is the (geographically) largest congressional district in the state, one than takes up all of southern New Jersey, approximately one-third of the state. The 2nd includes all of Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties and portions of Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Ocean counties.

It is an economically diverse region of approximately 736,000 people, encompassing largely rural flatlands and pine barrens as well as the high-stakes casinos in Atlantic City.

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