New Jersey leads a pack of Northeastern and Midwestern states with the highest rate of independent and third party candidates in U.S. Senate elections over the past century.
Chris Christie’s appointee will serve just 129 days in the Senate – the fourth shortest stint among the 65 U.S. Senators to serve from New Jersey since statehood.
New Jersey has endured 27 vacancies throughout history totaling more than three years; four vacancies have lasted more than 100 days.
It has been a combined 141 years since the GOP won a U.S. Senate race in West Virginia (1956), Hawaii (1970), and New Jersey (1972).
The five U.S. Senators who have announced their retirement during the 113th Congress are 10 years older on average than any ‘retiring class’ from the chamber over the last five decades.
Only 1 of 25 New Jersey U.S. Senate incumbents have lost their renomination bids since the state’s first direct election in 1916.
There are 97 fewer third party and independent candidates on the general election ballots for the nation’s 435 congressional district races this cycle compared to two years ago.
GOP governors land the Top 10 spots for the most broadcast reports mentioning their names since January, led by Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and Rick Scott.
Only two states with larger populations than New Jersey have had longer droughts in producing a major party presidential nominee (Florida and North Carolina).
With an average of more than one candidate per district, it has been over 75 years since this many independent and third party U.S. House candidates appeared on midterm general election ballots