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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: New Jersey Public Interest Research Group

1997 Positions

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

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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