Record fundraising numbers and millions of dollars in outside spending are shaking up House races across New Jersey this election season, with at least one contest looking like it could lead to the ousting of a long-time and well-moneyed Republican incumbent.
The latest round of financial disclosures from the Federal Election Commission shows a new influx of money for all 12 of New Jersey’s contested congressional seats. Those are split evenly between Democratic and Republican incumbents, all of whom face challengers of varying experience and notoriety from the opposing party. A roster of third-party candidates will also appear on the ballot in several districts.
With established name recognition and national party support, sitting members of Congress are notoriously hard to beat, and most of New Jersey’s House members up for re-election in November are not deviating from that norm. Multiple-term incumbents like U.S. Rep. Albio Siresand Rodney Frelinghuysen continue to put serious distance between themselves and their opponents, often benefited by large war chests carried over from previous campaigns.