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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: New Jersey National Federation of Independent Business

2002-2003 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican 75%
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 3 John Burzichelli Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 6 Lou Greenwald Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 7 Herbert Conaway, Jr. Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 10 David Wolfe Republican 57%
NJ State Assembly 15 Reed Gusciora Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 15 Bonnie Watson Coleman Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 17 Upendra Chivukula Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 17 Joseph Egan Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 18 Patrick Diegnan, Jr. Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 19 John Wisniewski Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 20 Joseph Cryan Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 22 Gerald Green Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 22 Linda Stender Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 25 Michael Carroll Republican 86%
NJ State Assembly 27 John McKeon Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 37 Gordon Johnson Democratic 14%
NJ State Assembly 40 David Russo Republican 86%
NJ State Senate 1 Jeff Van Drew Democratic 43%
NJ State Senate 3 Stephen Sweeney Democratic 50%
NJ State Senate 7 Diane Allen Republican 63%
NJ State Senate 9 Christopher Connors Republican 57%
NJ State Senate 10 Jim Holzapfel Republican 57%
NJ State Senate 12 Sam Thompson Republican 43%
NJ State Senate 13 Joe Kyrillos, Jr. Republican 75%
NJ State Senate 14 Linda Greenstein Democratic 14%
NJ State Senate 15 Shirley Turner Democratic 25%
NJ State Senate 16 Christopher Bateman Republican 86%
NJ State Senate 17 Bob Smith Democratic 25%
NJ State Senate 19 Joseph Vitale Democratic 38%
NJ State Senate 20 Raymond Lesniak Democratic 50%
NJ State Senate 23 Michael Doherty Republican 100%
NJ State Senate 25 Anthony Bucco Republican 75%
NJ State Senate 26 Joseph Pennacchio Republican 86%
NJ State Senate 27 Richard Codey Democratic 38%
NJ State Senate 28 Ronald Rice Democratic 25%
NJ State Senate 30 Robert Singer Republican 63%
NJ State Senate 32 Nicholas Sacco Democratic 50%
NJ State Senate 34 Nia Gill Democratic 13%
NJ State Senate 35 Nellie Pou Democratic 14%
NJ State Senate 37 Loretta Weinberg Democratic 14%
NJ State Senate 39 Gerald Cardinale Republican 75%
NJ State Senate 40 Kevin O'Toole Republican 86%
NJ Mayor At-Large Nicholas Sacco 50%
NJ Council Member At-Large Peter Eagler 14%
NJ Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Douglas Fisher Democratic 14%
John Adler 50%
Matthew Ahearn 29%
Michael Arnone 43%
Nicholas Asselta 57%
Joseph Azzolina, Sr. 57%
Byron Baer 38%
Martha Bark 50%
Peter Barnes, Jr. 14%
John Bennett III 75%
Pete Biondi 86%
Francis Blee 71%
Francis Bodine 86%
Wayne Bryant 25%
Barbara Buono 13%
James Cafiero 50%
Wilfredo Caraballo 14%
Joseph Charles, Jr. 25%
Larry Chatzidakis 86%
Andrew Ciesla 63%
Neil Cohen 14%
Joseph Coniglio 50%
Jack Conners 14%
Leonard Connors, Jr. 63%
Steven Corodemus 43%
Nilsa Cruz-Perez 14%
Alex DeCroce 86%
Paul DiGaetano 57%
Joseph Doria, Jr. 14%
Willis Edwards III 14%
Clare Farragher 86%
Rafael Fraguela 14%
Arline Friscia 14%
John Girgenti 38%
William Gormley 63%
Guy Gregg 100%
Gary Guear, Sr. 14%
Mims Hackett, Jr. 14%
Rose Marie Heck 43%
Anthony Impreveduto 14%
Peter Inverso 63%
Sharpe James 38%
Walter Kavanaugh 75%
Bernard Kenny, Jr. 50%
Robert Littell 63%
Joseph Malone III 57%
Robert Martin 50%
Henry McNamara 75%
Richard Merkt 100%
Eric Munoz 71%
Connie Myers 86%
Joseph Palaia 75%
William Payne 14%
Elba Perez-Cinciarelli 14%
Mary Previte 14%
Joan Quigley 14%
Joseph Roberts, Jr. 14%
John Rooney 71%
Robert Smith 14%
Craig Stanley 14%
Alfred Steele 14%
Joseph Suliga 38%
Donald Tucker 14%
Charlotte Vandervalk 57%

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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