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2011 Voter Guide

Candidates: Legislative District 38
Joe Tyrrell | November 7, 2011 |
Redistricting has Republicans challenging North Jersey incumbents in a race believed too close to call.
Candidates: Legislative District 32
Matt Hunger | November 7, 2011 |
Dems battle a crowded field, including perennial party called “Politicians Are Crooks.’
Assembly Race: Legislative District 20
Matthew Kassel | November 7, 2011 |
This time around, the incumbent Democrats at least have an opponent.
Senate Race: Legislative District 20
Matthew Kassel | November 7, 2011 |
Lesniak casts long shadow over Republican challenger’s chances.
Senate Race: District 18
Matthew Kassel | November 7, 2011 |
Rival to Sen. Barbara Buono fights back against high taxes.
Candidates: Legislative District 4
Michael Daigle | November 7, 2011 |
In lower house, door opens a crack for GOP in Camden and Gloucester counties.
Senate Race: Legislative District 10
Matthew Kassel | November 6, 2011 |
A clever bet doesn't mean the Democrats are smart-money candidates in the Republican 10th.
Assembly Race: District 13
Matt Hunger | November 6, 2011 |
Republican incumbents in Monmouth in final stretch fending off four challengers.
Candidates: Legislative District 15
Patience Haggin | November 6, 2011 |
Republicans and Democrats split over school funding in the 15th District
Assembly Race: Legislative District 18
Matthew Kassel | November 6, 2011 |
A familiar tale in the 18th, two Republican hopefuls look to unseat a pair of powerful Democrats.
Candidates: Legislative District 25
Michael Daigle | November 6, 2011 |
With almost no funds and only slightly more in the way of name recognition, the Republicans in the 25th are relying on the web.
Senate Race: Legislative District 33
Matthew Kassel | November 6, 2011 |
Two firm and fervent Christie supporters vie for the same seat.
Candidates: Legislative District 36
Marilyn Joyce Lehren | November 6, 2011 |
A diverse district, the 36th is more than slots and Snooki.
Assembly Race: Legislative District 27
Marilyn Joyce Lehren | November 6, 2011 |
The Democratic incumbents aren't taking any chances in the redrawn 27th, outspending their Republican rivals 13 to 1.
Candidates: Legislative District 6
Colleen O’Dea | November 5, 2011 |
Sex tweets derailing South Jersey GOP chances of taking over incumbents’ seats.
Assembly Race: District 11
Karen DeMasters | November 5, 2011 |
Outcome no longer a shore thing as new voting map shakes up race in Asbury Park and surrounding towns.
Senate Race: District 13
Matt Hunger | November 5, 2011 |
Kyrillos looks to the right and left at four challengers fighting long odds for his seat.
Candidates: Legislative District 14
Joe Tyrrell | November 5, 2011 |
Megan’s Law, unions play role in support of candidates in Mercer and Middlesex counties.
Assembly Race: Legislative District 19
Matthew Kassel | November 5, 2011 |
Newcomers share vision of governor in bid to unseat Democratic incumbents.
Candidates: District 22
Michael Daigle | November 5, 2011 |
Medical marijuana, schools are issues that set rivals apart as they seek working-class votes.
Assembly Race: District 33
Matthew Kassel | November 5, 2011 |
Transportation, schools top issues for Dems with edge in Hudson County.
Candidates: Legislative District 40
Michael Daigle | November 5, 2011 |
Candidates: Legislative District 3
Joe Tyrrell | November 4, 2011 |
Sweeney commands South Jersey district with incumbent Assembly members fighting for seats.
Assembly Race: District 10
Matthew Kassel | November 4, 2011 |
Democrats hope to break up the ‘one-party rule’ in Ocean County.
Assembly Race: District 17
Matthew Kassel | November 4, 2011 |
Odds are long, but Republican rookies believe voters want change as they take on Statehouse veterans.
Candidates: Legislative District 26
Colleen O’Dea | November 4, 2011 |
Incumbent Republicans retain edge for voter registrations, fundraising.
Assembly Race: District 35
Marilyn Joyce Lehren | November 4, 2011 |
Candidates in the 35th have best interest of Paterson at heart.
Candidates: Legislative District 39
Michael Daigle | November 4, 2011 |
Support for Republican policies gives edge to GOP along NY state border.
Candidates: Legislative District 1
Colleen O’Dea | November 3, 2011 |
Candidates: Legislative District 5
Michael Daigle | November 3, 2011 |
In the troubled 5th, which includes Camden, candidates kick around ideas to kick-start the local economy.
Candidates: Legislative District 12
Karen DeMasters | November 3, 2011 |
No more sugar coating as Democrat challenges Christie, GOP incumbent in Senate race.
Candidates: Legislative District 16
Patience Haggin | November 3, 2011 |
Senate candidates agree on voter approval for charter schools but little else.
Senate Race: District 17
Matthew Kassel | November 3, 2011 |
Prosecutor seeks to unseat incumbent Democratic in Middlesex County.
Candidates: Legislative District 24
Michael Daigle | November 3, 2011 |
Reliable Republicans face challenges from both the political left and right.
Senate Race: District 19
Matthew Kassel | November 2, 2011 |
Two "frustrated taxpayers" --one a long-time member of the Senate -- square off in the 19th.
Candidates: Legislative District 23
Michael Daigle | November 2, 2011 |
Public school funding is the centerpiece of incumbent Republicans in this rural GOP stronghold.
Candidates: Legislative District 31
Lisa Zambito | November 2, 2011 |
In the Democratic 31st, the Republicans lack one essential thing: voters.
Assembly Race: Legislative District 37
Colleen O’Dea | November 2, 2011 |
Is a school funding plan the key to unseating the Democrats in the 37th?
Legislative District 30
Mark J. Bonamo | November 1, 2011 |
Only three towns remain of the original 30th, but the heavily redistricted territory is still a Republican stronghold.
Candidates: Legislative District 21
Michael Daigle | November 1, 2011 |
Republicans line up behind Gov. Christie reforms 'to right New Jersey's ship of state.'
Legislative District 8
Tara Nurin | November 1, 2011 |
With the Democrats' chances in the weeds, Republicans look to sweep the 8th.
Candidates: Legislative District 2
Joe Tyrrell | November 1, 2011 |
Candidates gamble on attack ads in Atlantic City race seen as too close to call.
Senate Race: 35th Legislative District
Marilyn Joyce Lehren | October 31, 2011 |
If Assemblywoman Nellie Pou succeeds, she'll be the first Latina to represent the heavily Democratic 35th.
Legislative District 34
John Mooney | October 31, 2011 |
In the 34th, the suspense isn't so much what happens in the election but what happens once the votes are counted.
Senate Race: Legislative District 37
Colleen O'Dea | October 28, 2011 |
Candidates: Legislative District 9
Lisa Zambito | October 28, 2011 |
Candidates: Legislative District 7
Joe Tyrrell | October 27, 2011 |
As one of the four districts considered truly competitive, the 7th continues to attract attention.
District 27 Senate
Marilyn Joyce Lehren | October 26, 2011 |
The 27th pits the longest-serving member of the legislature against a conservative Republican newcomer.
District 11 Senate
Karen DeMasters | October 26, 2011 |
Although redistricting brought more registered Democrats into the 11th, unaffiliated voters far outnumber members of either party, which could put this district in play.
Legislative District 36
Marilyn Joyce Lehren | October 25, 2011 |
A touch of reality TV does little to lighten up what looks to be a tough race in the 36th.
Legislative District 32
Matt Hunger | October 25, 2011 |
A U.S. Supreme Court decision helped prompt redistricting in the 32nd, but the district remains heavily Democratic.
Legislative District 33
Matthew Kassel | October 24, 2011 |
In the heart of the Democratic 33rd, can a Republican candidate pick off a Democratic senator who lauds Gov. Christie?
Legislative District 12
Karen DeMasters | October 24, 2011 |
Not only is the configuration of the 12th new, but also the district will field a completely new slate of representatives in January -- regardless of who wins the general election.
Legislative District 6
Colleen O’Dea | October 21, 2011 |
Sexually explicit tweets could turn what was a snoozer into a hotly contested fight on election night.
Legislative District 4
Michael Daigle | October 21, 2011 |
Seven candidates, three seats in both houses, and one of the few split districts in NJ make the 4th one to watch.
Legislative District 40
Michael Daigle | October 21, 2011 |
It's going to be hard to shake the Republicans loose in the 40th, but the Democratic challengers should make for an interesting race.
Legislative District 35
Marilyn Joyce Lehren | October 20, 2011 |
Three seats, no incumbents, and two candidates who live next door to each other help define politics in the tempestuous 35th.
Legislative District 31
Lisa Zambito | October 20, 2011 |
With registered Democrats outnumbering even unaffiliated voters, the 31st represents a fierce challenge for Republican hopefuls.
Legislative District 39
Michael Daigle | October 19, 2011 |
The 39th may be almost equally divided between Republican and Democratic voters, but in the primaries the GOP proved to be a powerhouse.
Legislative District 5
Michael Daigle | October 18, 2011 |
In a legislative district that contains Camden, one of the nation’s most distressed cities, it is a foregone conclusion that politicians promise to create jobs.
Legislative District 13
Matt Hunger | October 18, 2011 |
With nine candidates battling for seats in the upper and lower house, the 13th qualifies as the busiest district in New Jersey.
Legislative District 3
Colleen O'Dea | October 17, 2011 |
A district of contrasts, the heavily Democratic 3rd is solidly behind the governor and boasts a redistricted Republican assemblyman.
Legislative District 20
Matthew Kassel | October 17, 2011 |
The 20th pits a Republican newcomer against the second longest-serving lawmaker in New Jersey.
Legislative District 1
Colleen O'Dea | October 14, 2011 |
Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats, but the latter are the incumbents -- which makes the 1st worth watching.
Legislative District 17
Matthew Kassel | October 14, 2011 |
Three powerful Democratic incumbents in a solidly Democratic district may help keep the 17th "true blue."
Legislative District 26
Colleen O'Dea | October 13, 2011 |
A traditionally Republican enclave, the 26th was heavily redistricted, but the GOP may still hold the winning hand.
Legislative District 11
Karen DeMasters | October 13, 2011 |
If the Democrats turn out in force -- a big if in an off-year election -- they may be able to sweep the field in the newly redistricted 17th.
Legislative District 27
Marilyn Joyce Lehren | October 12, 2011 |
A newly redrawn 27th still favors Democrats but gives incumbents and challengers good reason to knock on doors.
Legislative District 23
Michael Daigle | October 12, 2011 |
The 23rd is a conservative Republican stronghold, but the incumbents face a full slate of Democrats -- and an independent candidate.
Legislative District 16
Patience Haggin | October 12, 2011 |
Redistricting and retirement may give Democrats a fighting chance in the traditionally Republican 16th.
Legislative District 22
Michael Daigle | October 11, 2011 |
With three times as many registered Democratic voters as Republicans, the numbers show why the 22nd is going to be a very tough climb for the challengers.
Legislative District 18
Matthew Kassel | October 11, 2011 |
Republicans will be challenging incumbent Democrats in the Senate and the Assembly in the heavily Democratic 18th.
Legislative District 15
Patience Haggin | October 11, 2011 |
Redistricting the 15th hasn't changed the Democratic incumbents, though one moved house to remain on the ballot.
Legislative District 21
Michael Daigle | October 7, 2011 |
A trio of strong Republican incumbents may make it difficult for Democrats to gain ground in the 21st.
Legislative District 14
Josh McMahon | October 7, 2011 |
Thousands of state workers call the 14th "home," which could make election results a referendum on Gov. Christie's policies.
Legislative District 19
Matthew Kassel | October 7, 2011 |
Home to two Democratic powerhouses, the 19th is going to be a very steep uphill slog for Republican newcomers.
Legislative District 28
Vanessa Roman | October 6, 2011 |
Largely a Democratic district, Republicans say voter anger over high property taxes gives them a good shot at the 28th.
Legislative District 29
Vanessa Roman | October 6, 2011 |
Redistricting has made the 29th even more heavily Democratic, but Republicans are predicting a competitive race.
Legislative District 9
Lisa Zambito | October 5, 2011 |
The word is that the only way the Democrats can take the solidly Republican 9th is by capturing nearly all of the undecided votes.
Legislative District 24
Michael Daigle | October 5, 2011 |
Call it the 24th turnaround, but conservative republicans are at the political center in this legislative district.
Legislative District 10
Matthew Kassel | October 5, 2011 |
Democrats remain hopeful that they can make inroads in this solidly Republican district.
Legislative District 2
Josh McMahon | October 4, 2011 |
The 2nd is shaping up to be a swing district, and the scramble for votes has already taken on a nasty edge.
Legislative District 38
Josh McMahon | October 4, 2011 |
Both parties are sure they can take the 38th, which could make the district the site of a take-no-prisoners political battle.
Legislative District 7
Josh McMahon | October 3, 2011 |
The attention in the 7th is focused more on the race for seats in the lower house, rather than the spot at the top.
Legislative District 25
Michael Daigle | October 3, 2011 |
Politics in the 25th Legislative District is typically a family affair. Just as often, it’s a Republican one.
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