Primary Candidates Who Made the Filing Deadline Cut This Year (Unofficial)

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Unofficially, according to the Secretary of State’s Division of Elections Office, in the 1st Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross will not face a challenger in the primary, and will go up against Republican Claire Gustafson in the general.

Trump Van Drew
Trump and Van Drew.

In the 2nd District, U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2) will face movement conservative Bob Patterson in the Republican Primary; while West Cape May Commissioner John Francis, educator Amy Kennedy, ex FBI man Roert Turkavage, Political Science Professor Brigid Harrison and Will Cunningham all filed to run as Democrats.


In the 3rd District, U.S. Rep. Andy Kim (D-3) appears to have avoided a primary. Republicans David Schmidt, David Richter, John Novak and Kate Gibbs all filed to run in their party’s primary. Richter has the organization line in Ocean, while Gibbs occupies the line in Burlington.

Smith, in office since 1981, is New Jersey’s last Republican holding federal office.

In the 4th, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4) will have a primary challenger: Alter Richter. Three Democrats are running in the primary of their party: Stephanie Schmid, Christine Conforti and David Applefield.

Gottheimer walks a tightrope through tangled impeachment terrain.
Gottheimer walks a tightrope through tangled impeachment terrain.

In the 5th, incumbent U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5) will square off in the Democratic Primary against progressive Arati Kreibich. Republicans vying in the primary are: Hector Luis Castillo, Michael Ghassali (who filed but subsequently put his campaign on hiatus to handle the COVID-19 crisis as a local mayor), Frank T, Pallotta, James Baldini and John McCann, Jr.


Incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) will have a Democratic Primary against Russell Cirincione and Amani Al-Khatahtbeh; while Sammy Gindi and Christian Onuocha are running for the Republicna nomination in the 6th.


In the 7th, U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7) filed to run in the Democratic Primary. His establishment GOP challenger, state Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21), will face Raafat Barsoom and Tom Phillips in their party’s primary.

Albio Sires
Albio Sires

U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) filed to run in the 8th District Democratic Primary. He will face fellow Dems Will Sheehan and Hector Oseguera. Republican Jason Mushnick also filed to run.

Currie, left, with Pascrell.
Currie, left, with Pascrell.

In the 9th, incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) will run in a Democratic Primart against Zenovia Spezakis and Alpasan Basaran. Timothy C Walsh and Billy Prepeh filed to run as Republican candidates.

Congressman Payne
Congressman Payne

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) filed to run for reelection in the Tenth District. He must contend with John J. Flora and Eugene Mazo in the Democratic Primary. Republicans Michael Barrett and Jennifer Zinone filed to run as Republican candidates.

U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11).
U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11).

In the 11th District, U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11) filed to run for reelection. Rosemary Becchi filed to run for the Republican Party.

Watson Coleman
Watson Coleman

In the 12th, U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) filed to run again.

Mark Razzoli filed to run as a Republican.

Lisa McCormick filed to run in the Democratic Primary.


Incumbent U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is up for reelection.

He filed.

Larry Hamm, a progressive Democrat, filed.

Rik Mehta, Natalie Rivera, Eugene Anagnes, Patricia Flanagan and Hirsh Singh filed as Republicans.



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