The 12th District includes Princeton, Trenton, and other Mercer County municipalities, as well as parts of Middlesex, Somerset, and Union counties.
Democrats have a significant advantage in this blue district, making up 43% of all registered voters, compared with 16% Republican registrants and the rest not affiliated with either major party.
The 12th is among the most diverse districts in the state, with about 18% of residents Hispanic, 17% Black and 17% Asian, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Median household income is almost $90,000, slightly higher than the state average.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a Democrat, is in her third term in office. She is facing a primary challenge from Lisa McCormick.
Mark Razzoli is the only Republican who filed.
BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN: DEMOCRAT (incumbent)
New Jersey’s first and only African American woman in Congress, Watson Coleman is in her third term in the House. She is a former state Assemblywoman and chair of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee.
During her time in Congress, Watson Coleman has introduced legislation to allow women to enroll in or change health coverage due to pregnancy, stop the federal government from contracting with for-profit prison corporations and prohibit publicly frequented places, such as stores, from discriminating based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Watson Coleman is a graduate of Thomas Edison State University. She is a mother and grandmother and lives with her husband in Ewing. Follow this link for more information.
LISA MCCORMICK (DEMOCRAT)
McCormick is the publisher of a weekly newspaper and community website. She studied industrial engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology and worked at several companies before taking over the publishing firm she renamed CMD Media in 2006.
A supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who has twice sought the Democratic presidential nomination, McCormick has been aggressive in attacking incumbent Bonnie Watson Coleman over a number of issues. Her campaign website indicates she supports public funding of campaigns, free public education from preschool through college and the legalization of marijuana.
McCormick lists a Rahway post office box as her address. The clerk of the House does not have a personal financial disclosure statement for her on its website, nor does the Federal Election Commission have any campaign finance statements. Follow this link for more information.
MARK RAZZOLI: REPUBLICAN
Razzoli is a councilman in Old Bridge and a retired Jersey City police detective who assisted at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City following the 9/11 attack.
His campaign website does not have a section devoted to issues. In a press release announcing his candidacy, he said he was running because “The Democratic Party that I knew has abandoned the American way of life, rule of law and common sense, in favor of exaggerated, socialist ideology.” The clerk of the House does not have a personal financial disclosure statement for him posted on its website. Follow this link for more information.