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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: New Jersey Public Interest Research Group

2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 67%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 86%
NJ State Assembly 3 John Burzichelli Democratic 75%
NJ State Assembly 6 Lou Greenwald Democratic 86%
NJ State Assembly 7 Herbert Conaway, Jr. Democratic 79%
NJ State Assembly 10 David Wolfe Republican 43%
NJ State Assembly 15 Reed Gusciora Democratic 86%
NJ State Assembly 15 Bonnie Watson Coleman Democratic 86%
NJ State Assembly 17 Joseph Egan Democratic 83%
NJ State Assembly 18 Patrick Diegnan, Jr. Democratic 75%
NJ State Assembly 19 John Wisniewski Democratic 86%
NJ State Assembly 20 Joseph Cryan Democratic 83%
NJ State Assembly 22 Gerald Green Democratic 86%
NJ State Assembly 22 Linda Stender Democratic 83%
NJ State Assembly 25 Michael Carroll Republican 50%
NJ State Assembly 27 John McKeon Democratic 83%
NJ State Assembly 37 Gordon Johnson Democratic 83%
NJ State Assembly 40 David Russo Republican 71%
NJ State Senate 1 Jeff Van Drew Democratic 67%
NJ State Senate 3 Stephen Sweeney Democratic 67%
NJ State Senate 7 Diane Allen Republican 77%
NJ State Senate 9 Christopher Connors Republican 71%
NJ State Senate 10 Jim Holzapfel Republican 71%
NJ State Senate 12 Sam Thompson Republican 50%
NJ State Senate 13 Joe Kyrillos, Jr. Republican 69%
NJ State Senate 14 Linda Greenstein Democratic 86%
NJ State Senate 15 Shirley Turner Democratic 77%
NJ State Senate 16 Christopher Bateman Republican 71%
NJ State Senate 17 Bob Smith Democratic 83%
NJ State Senate 19 Joseph Vitale Democratic 77%
NJ State Senate 20 Raymond Lesniak Democratic 62%
NJ State Senate 23 Michael Doherty Republican 50%
NJ State Senate 25 Anthony Bucco Republican 54%
NJ State Senate 26 Joseph Pennacchio Republican 64%
NJ State Senate 27 Richard Codey Democratic 85%
NJ State Senate 28 Ronald Rice Democratic 69%
NJ State Senate 30 Robert Singer Republican 77%
NJ State Senate 32 Nicholas Sacco Democratic 69%
NJ State Senate 34 Nia Gill Democratic 67%
NJ State Senate 35 Nellie Pou Democratic 86%
NJ State Senate 36 Paul Sarlo Democratic 75%
NJ State Senate 37 Loretta Weinberg Democratic 86%
NJ State Senate 39 Gerald Cardinale Republican 54%
NJ State Senate 40 Kevin O'Toole Republican 75%
NJ Mayor At-Large Nicholas Sacco 69%
NJ Council Member At-Large Peter Eagler 83%
NJ Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Douglas Fisher Democratic 75%
John Adler 77%
Nicholas Asselta 64%
Joseph Azzolina, Sr. 50%
Byron Baer 77%
Martha Bark 69%
Peter Barnes, Jr. 86%
Pete Biondi 64%
Francis Blee 64%
Francis Bodine 64%
Wayne Bryant 69%
Barbara Buono 83%
Wilfredo Caraballo 86%
Larry Chatzidakis 64%
Upendra Chivukula 83%
Andrew Ciesla 77%
Neil Cohen 79%
Joseph Coniglio 75%
Jack Conners 79%
Leonard Connors, Jr. 77%
Steven Corodemus 64%
Nilsa Cruz-Perez 86%
Alex DeCroce 57%
Paul DiGaetano 57%
John Girgenti 77%
William Gormley 77%
Guy Gregg 50%
Mims Hackett, Jr. 83%
Anthony Impreveduto 79%
Peter Inverso 77%
Sharpe James 62%
Walter Kavanaugh 69%
Bernard Kenny, Jr. 69%
Robert Littell 46%
Joseph Malone III 64%
Robert Martin 77%
Henry McNamara 69%
Richard Merkt 57%
Eric Munoz 71%
Connie Myers 29%
Joseph Palaia 77%
William Payne 86%
Mary Previte 86%
Joan Quigley 86%
Joseph Roberts, Jr. 86%
John Rooney 71%
Robert Smith 86%
Craig Stanley 86%
Alfred Steele 86%
Donald Tucker 83%
Charlotte Vandervalk 64%

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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