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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: New Jersey Public Interest Research Group

2005 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 83%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 85%
NJ State Assembly 3 John Burzichelli Democratic 85%
NJ State Assembly 6 Lou Greenwald Democratic 85%
NJ State Assembly 7 Herbert Conaway, Jr. Democratic 100%
NJ State Assembly 9 Brian Rumpf Republican 85%
NJ State Assembly 10 David Wolfe Republican 85%
NJ State Assembly 12 Ronald Dancer Republican 77%
NJ State Assembly 15 Reed Gusciora Democratic 100%
NJ State Assembly 15 Bonnie Watson Coleman Democratic 100%
NJ State Assembly 17 Upendra Chivukula Democratic 92%
NJ State Assembly 17 Joseph Egan Democratic 90%
NJ State Assembly 18 Patrick Diegnan, Jr. Democratic 92%
NJ State Assembly 19 John Wisniewski Democratic 77%
NJ State Assembly 20 Joseph Cryan Democratic 77%
NJ State Assembly 21 Jon Bramnick Republican 85%
NJ State Assembly 22 Gerald Green Democratic 85%
NJ State Assembly 22 Linda Stender Democratic 92%
NJ State Assembly 25 Michael Carroll Republican 31%
NJ State Assembly 27 John McKeon Democratic 85%
NJ State Assembly 30 Sean Kean Republican 77%
NJ State Assembly 34 Sheila Oliver Democratic 92%
NJ State Assembly 37 Gordon Johnson Democratic 92%
NJ State Assembly 40 David Russo Republican 85%
NJ State Senate 1 Jeff Van Drew Democratic 85%
NJ State Senate 3 Stephen Sweeney Democratic 75%
NJ State Senate 4 Fred Madden, Jr. Democratic 73%
NJ State Senate 7 Diane Allen Republican 75%
NJ State Senate 9 Christopher Connors Republican 85%
NJ State Senate 10 Jim Holzapfel Republican 75%
NJ State Senate 12 Sam Thompson Republican 62%
NJ State Senate 13 Joe Kyrillos, Jr. Republican 58%
NJ State Senate 14 Linda Greenstein Democratic 100%
NJ State Senate 15 Shirley Turner Democratic 92%
NJ State Senate 16 Christopher Bateman Republican 77%
NJ State Senate 17 Bob Smith Democratic 75%
NJ State Senate 19 Joseph Vitale Democratic 100%
NJ State Senate 20 Raymond Lesniak Democratic 70%
NJ State Senate 21 Thomas Kean, Jr. Republican 83%
NJ State Senate 22 Nicholas Scutari Democratic 73%
NJ State Senate 23 Michael Doherty Republican 54%
NJ State Senate 25 Anthony Bucco Republican 50%
NJ State Senate 26 Joseph Pennacchio Republican 46%
NJ State Senate 27 Richard Codey Democratic 75%
NJ State Senate 28 Ronald Rice Democratic 75%
NJ State Senate 30 Robert Singer Republican 100%
NJ State Senate 32 Nicholas Sacco Democratic 58%
NJ State Senate 33 Brian Stack Democratic 83%
NJ State Senate 34 Nia Gill Democratic 92%
NJ State Senate 35 Nellie Pou Democratic 92%
NJ State Senate 36 Paul Sarlo Democratic 75%
NJ State Senate 37 Loretta Weinberg Democratic 100%
NJ State Senate 38 Robert Gordon Democratic 92%
NJ State Senate 39 Gerald Cardinale Republican 50%
NJ State Senate 40 Kevin O'Toole Republican 85%
NJ Mayor At-Large David Mayer Democratic 92%
NJ Mayor At-Large Nicholas Sacco 58%
NJ Mayor At-Large Brian Stack 83%
NJ Mayor Joseph Vas Democratic 92%
NJ Council Member At-Large Peter Eagler 92%
NJ Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Douglas Fisher Democratic 85%
NJ Freeholder At-Large Joan Voss Democratic 92%
John Adler 67%
Nicholas Asselta 73%
Joseph Azzolina, Sr. 77%
Byron Baer 83%
Martha Bark 58%
Peter Barnes, Jr. 92%
Bill Baroni 100%
Pete Biondi 75%
Francis Blee 62%
Francis Bodine 62%
Wayne Bryant 67%
Barbara Buono 92%
Wilfredo Caraballo 85%
Larry Chatzidakis 54%
Anthony Chiappone 100%
Andrew Ciesla 90%
Neil Cohen 69%
Joseph Coniglio 75%
Jack Conners 92%
Leonard Connors, Jr. 92%
Kirk Conover 62%
Steven Corodemus 77%
Nilsa Cruz-Perez 100%
Alex DeCroce 46%
Paul DiGaetano 39%
Joseph Doria, Jr. 67%
John Gibson 83%
John Girgenti 75%
William Gormley 75%
Guy Gregg 39%
Mims Hackett, Jr. 91%
Peter Inverso 75%
Sharpe James 89%
Ellen Karcher 91%
Walter Kavanaugh 50%
Bernard Kenny, Jr. 70%
Robert Littell 55%
Joseph Malone III 92%
Louis Manzo 92%
Robert Martin 100%
Henry McNamara 60%
Richard Merkt 39%
Robert Lewis Morgan 100%
Eric Munoz 85%
Connie Myers 58%
Joseph Palaia 67%
Michael Panter 100%
William Payne 85%
Mary Previte 85%
Joan Quigley 85%
Joseph Roberts, Jr. 85%
John Rooney 92%
Frederick Scalera 92%
Robert Smith 85%
Craig Stanley 92%
Alfred Steele 92%
Donald Tucker 85%
Charlotte Vandervalk 77%

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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