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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: New Jersey Public Interest Research Group

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 50%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 40%
NJ State Assembly 6 Lou Greenwald Democratic 40%
NJ State Assembly 7 Herbert Conaway, Jr. Democratic 40%
NJ State Assembly 10 David Wolfe Republican 44%
NJ State Assembly 15 Reed Gusciora Democratic 90%
NJ State Assembly 15 Bonnie Watson Coleman Democratic 70%
NJ State Assembly 19 John Wisniewski Democratic 70%
NJ State Assembly 22 Gerald Green Democratic 60%
NJ State Assembly 25 Michael Carroll Republican 40%
NJ State Assembly 40 David Russo Republican 33%
NJ State Senate 7 Diane Allen Republican 70%
NJ State Senate 9 Christopher Connors Republican 60%
NJ State Senate 10 Jim Holzapfel Republican 40%
NJ State Senate 12 Sam Thompson Republican 30%
NJ State Senate 13 Joe Kyrillos, Jr. Republican 44%
NJ State Senate 15 Shirley Turner Democratic 90%
NJ State Senate 16 Christopher Bateman Republican 40%
NJ State Senate 17 Bob Smith Democratic 70%
NJ State Senate 19 Joseph Vitale Democratic 80%
NJ State Senate 20 Raymond Lesniak Democratic 63%
NJ State Senate 25 Anthony Bucco Republican 40%
NJ State Senate 27 Richard Codey Democratic 60%
NJ State Senate 28 Ronald Rice Democratic 70%
NJ State Senate 30 Robert Singer Republican 50%
NJ State Senate 32 Nicholas Sacco Democratic 60%
NJ State Senate 34 Nia Gill Democratic 50%
NJ State Senate 35 Nellie Pou Democratic 50%
NJ State Senate 37 Loretta Weinberg Democratic 100%
NJ State Senate 39 Gerald Cardinale Republican 30%
NJ State Senate 40 Kevin O'Toole Republican 40%
NJ Mayor At-Large Nicholas Sacco 60%
John Adler 60%
Michael Arnone 40%
Nicholas Asselta 30%
Alan Augustine 33%
Joseph Azzolina, Sr. 30%
Byron Baer 70%
Richard Bagger 30%
Martha Bark 40%
Peter Barnes, Jr. 70%
C. Louis Bassano 67%
John Bennett III 56%
Pete Biondi 50%
Francis Blee 30%
Francis Bodine 30%
Wayne Bryant 67%
Barbara Buono 67%
James Cafiero 50%
Wilfredo Caraballo 50%
Joseph Charles, Jr. 89%
Larry Chatzidakis 30%
Andrew Ciesla 60%
Neil Cohen 50%
Jack Collins 30%
Jack Conners 40%
Leonard Connors, Jr. 70%
Steven Corodemus 50%
Melvin Cottrell 30%
Marion Crecco 11%
Nilsa Cruz-Perez 50%
Alex DeCroce 30%
Donald DiFrancesco 40%
Paul DiGaetano 30%
Joseph Doria, Jr. 60%
Clare Farragher 30%
Nicholas Felice 30%
Arline Friscia 60%
Garry Furnari 89%
Raul Garcia 75%
George Geist 40%
John Gibson 30%
John Girgenti 25%
William Gormley 50%
Guy Gregg 40%
Rose Marie Heck 40%
Anthony Impreveduto 50%
Peter Inverso 67%
LeRoy Jones, Jr. 60%
Walter Kavanaugh 60%
John Kelly 25%
Bernard Kenny, Jr. 60%
Louis Kosco 60%
Kenneth LeFevre 50%
Robert Littell 30%
John Lynch 83%
Joseph Malone III 30%
Robert Martin 50%
John Matheussen 50%
Henry McNamara 44%
Richard Merkt 30%
Jeffrey Moran 50%
Carol Murphy 25%
Connie Myers 30%
Edward O'Connor, Jr. 50%
William Payne 60%
Mary Previte 40%
Joan Quigley 50%
Joseph Roberts, Jr. 40%
Norman Robertson 80%
John Rooney 33%
William Schluter 50%
Jack Sinagra 63%
Thomas Smith, Sr. 40%
Craig Stanley 50%
Alfred Steele 60%
Gary Stuhltrager 30%
Joseph Suliga 40%
Guy Talarico 50%
Donald Tucker 67%
Charlotte Vandervalk 40%
Joel Weingarten 40%
Raymond Zane 60%
Gerald Zecker 40%
Charles Zisa 90%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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