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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: New Jersey Public Interest Research Group

2001 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 40%
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 90%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 60%
NJ State Assembly 6 Lou Greenwald Democratic 90%
NJ State Assembly 7 Herbert Conaway, Jr. Democratic 80%
NJ State Assembly 10 David Wolfe Republican 80%
NJ State Assembly 15 Reed Gusciora Democratic 90%
NJ State Assembly 15 Bonnie Watson Coleman Democratic 90%
NJ State Assembly 19 John Wisniewski Democratic 90%
NJ State Assembly 22 Gerald Green Democratic 90%
NJ State Assembly 25 Michael Carroll Republican 40%
NJ State Assembly 40 David Russo Republican 89%
NJ State Senate 7 Diane Allen Republican 73%
NJ State Senate 9 Christopher Connors Republican 90%
NJ State Senate 10 Jim Holzapfel Republican 80%
NJ State Senate 12 Sam Thompson Republican 80%
NJ State Senate 13 Joe Kyrillos, Jr. Republican 90%
NJ State Senate 14 Linda Greenstein Democratic 100%
NJ State Senate 15 Shirley Turner Democratic 100%
NJ State Senate 16 Christopher Bateman Republican 80%
NJ State Senate 17 Bob Smith Democratic 90%
NJ State Senate 19 Joseph Vitale Democratic 91%
NJ State Senate 20 Raymond Lesniak Democratic 80%
NJ State Senate 25 Anthony Bucco Republican 70%
NJ State Senate 27 Richard Codey Democratic 82%
NJ State Senate 28 Ronald Rice Democratic 55%
NJ State Senate 30 Robert Singer Republican 73%
NJ State Senate 32 Nicholas Sacco Democratic 91%
NJ State Senate 34 Nia Gill Democratic 78%
NJ State Senate 35 Nellie Pou Democratic 70%
NJ State Senate 37 Loretta Weinberg Democratic 100%
NJ State Senate 39 Gerald Cardinale Republican 55%
NJ Mayor At-Large Nicholas Sacco 91%
John Adler 91%
Michael Arnone 70%
Nicholas Asselta 80%
Joseph Azzolina, Sr. 80%
Byron Baer 100%
Richard Bagger 90%
Martha Bark 73%
Peter Barnes, Jr. 90%
John Bennett III 73%
Pete Biondi 78%
Francis Blee 80%
Francis Bodine 70%
Wayne Bryant 73%
Barbara Buono 100%
James Cafiero 73%
Wilfredo Caraballo 60%
Joseph Charles, Jr. 70%
Larry Chatzidakis 80%
Andrew Ciesla 50%
Neil Cohen 80%
Jack Collins 70%
Jack Conners 80%
Leonard Connors, Jr. 82%
Steven Corodemus 80%
Melvin Cottrell 80%
Marion Crecco 70%
Nilsa Cruz-Perez 80%
Alex DeCroce 70%
Paul DiGaetano 70%
Joseph Doria, Jr. 70%
Clare Farragher 80%
Nicholas Felice 80%
Arline Friscia 80%
Garry Furnari 91%
Raul Garcia 63%
George Geist 80%
John Gibson 70%
John Girgenti 82%
William Gormley 73%
Guy Gregg 50%
Gary Guear, Sr. 83%
Rose Marie Heck 80%
Anthony Impreveduto 67%
Peter Inverso 73%
Sharpe James 80%
LeRoy Jones, Jr. 78%
Walter Kavanaugh 78%
John Kelly 80%
Bernard Kenny, Jr. 80%
Louis Kosco 70%
Kenneth LeFevre 80%
Robert Littell 73%
John Lynch 91%
Joseph Malone III 80%
Robert Martin 73%
John Matheussen 82%
Henry McNamara 67%
Richard Merkt 56%
Jeffrey Moran 90%
Connie Myers 50%
Edward O'Connor, Jr. 90%
Joseph Palaia 90%
William Payne 70%
Mary Previte 80%
Joan Quigley 60%
Joseph Roberts, Jr. 80%
Norman Robertson 73%
John Rooney 90%
William Schluter 91%
Jack Sinagra 90%
Robert Smith 100%
Thomas Smith, Sr. 80%
Craig Stanley 60%
Alfred Steele 56%
Gary Stuhltrager 70%
Joseph Suliga 90%
Guy Talarico 60%
Donald Tucker 55%
Charlotte Vandervalk 80%
Joel Weingarten 70%
Raymond Zane 73%
Gerald Zecker 80%
Charles Zisa 100%

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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