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New Jersey's 12th congressional district

New Jersey's 12th congressional district
District map as of 2013
District map as of 2013
Current Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (DEwing Township, Mercer County)
Distribution 93.17% urban, 6.83% rural
Population (2000) 647,258
Median income $69,668
Ethnicity 75.4% White, 11.7% Black, 9.1% Asian, 5.5% Hispanic, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% other
Cook PVI D+14

New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional district is represented by Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman. The district is known for its research centers and educational institutions such as Princeton University, The College of New Jersey, Institute for Advanced Study, Johnson & Johnson and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

The district from 2003 to 2013


  • Voting trends 1
  • Counties and municipalities in the district 2
  • History 3
  • Recent election results 4
    • Presidential races 4.1
  • Representatives 5
  • References 6

Voting trends

The present 12th Congressional District is a Democratic-leaning district, as measured by the Cook PVI.[1] This along with an incumbent Democratic Congressman, has led the Republicans to not target the 12th since the election of 2002.

In the redistricting following the United States Census, 2000, several municipalities (with histories of supporting Democratic candidates) were added to the 12th. In 2002, despite an expensive challenge from former New Jersey Secretary of State Buster Soaries, Rush Holt was re-elected with 61%.

In 2004, Holt was re-elected over real estate executive Bill Spadea (59–41%) and again in 2006 over former Helmetta Council President Joseph Sinagra (65–35%).

In 2008, Holt defeated Holmdel Township Deputy Mayor Alan Bateman (62–36%).

In 2010, while Democrats suffered huge House loses, Holt defeated Princeton venture capitalist Scott Sipprelle and Independent Kenneth J. Cody (53–46–1%).

Counties and municipalities in the district

A change was made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections. The district currently contains portions of four counties and 31 municipalities:[2]

Mercer County (10)

Ewing Township, East Windsor, Hightstown, Hopewell Township, Hopewell Borough, Lawrence Township, Pennington, Princeton, Trenton, West Windsor Township

Middlesex County (14)

Cranbury Township, Dunellen, East Brunswick Township, Helmetta, Jamesburg, Middlesex, Milltown, Monroe Township, North Brunswick Township, Old Bridge Township (part, also 6), Plainsboro Township, South Brunswick Township, South River Borough, and Spotswood Borough

Somerset County (4)

Bound Brook, Franklin Township, Manville, South Bound Brook

Union County (3)

Fanwood, Plainfield, Scotch Plains (part, also 7)


The 12th congressional district (together with the 11th district) was created starting with the 63rd United States Congress in 1913, based on redistricting following the United States Census, 1910.

Recent election results

Presidential races

Year District winner Margin
2000 Al Gore 56–40%
2004 John Kerry 54–46%
2008 Barack Obama 58–41%


Representative Party Years District home Note
District created March 4, 1913
James A. Hamill Democratic March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1921 redistricted from the 10th district
Charles F. X. O'Brien Democratic March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1925
Mary T. Norton Democratic March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1933 redistricted to the 13th district
Frederick R. Lehlbach Republican March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1937 redistricted from the 10th district
Frank W. Towey, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1939
Robert W. Kean Republican January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1959
George M. Wallhauser Republican January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1965
Paul J. Krebs Democratic January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1967
Florence P. Dwyer Republican January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1973 redistricted from the 6th district
Matthew J. Rinaldo Republican January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983 redistricted to the 7th district
James A. Courter Republican January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1991 redistricted from the 13th district
Dick Zimmer Republican January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1997
Michael J. Pappas Republican January 3, 1997 – January 3, 1999
Rush D. Holt, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2015
Bonnie Watson Coleman Democratic January 3, 2015 –


  1. ^  
  2. ^ Municipalities, Congressman Rush D. Holt, Jr. Accessed May 27, 2013.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

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