CULAC in NJ: Tuesday’s Primary Election Results
in Political & Legislative
By: Chris Abeel, NJCUL Vice President, Corporate & Governmental Affairs

So, there were little or no surprises in this week’s Congressional primaries in New Jersey. Those incumbents running for re-election won their party’s nomination for another term, and all CULAC-supported candidates won their races.

In one of the two open-seat districts, CULAC supported state Senator Jeff Van Drew, a strong credit union supporter, to be the Democratic nominee to succeed Congressman Frank LoBiondo in New Jersey’s 2nd District. A long-time credit union supporter, LoBiondo decided to retire rather than seek a thirteenth term.

Van Drew will face-off against GOP nominee Seth Grossman in November. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted the district in its “red to blue” program, and the Cook Political Report rates the race as “Leans Democratic”. Right now, the 2nd District is looking like it’ll be a pick-up for the Dems in November.

We haven’t taken a position yet in the other open-seat, the 11th District, where 12-term Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen is retiring. We’ll see how that race develops before jumping in.

Here’s a rundown of where CULAC contributor dollars have gone to in this year’s primary races here in the Garden State:

  • Josh Gottheimer for Congress: $5,000
  • Leonard Lance for Congress: $2,000
  • Tom MacArthur for Congress: $5,000
  • Bob Menendez for US Senate: $4,500
  • Donald Norcross for Congress: $4,000
  • Frank Pallone for Congress: $5,000
  • Bill Pascrell for Congress: $ 5,000
  • Donald Payne, Jr. for Congress: $3,000
  • Jeff Van Drew for Congress: $5,000

Another $10,000 has already been provided to four campaigns for the November election.

Our total for the primaries comes to $38,500. The additional $10k for the general brings us to $48,500 so far. We expect to spend another $20k or so between now and November. The total far exceeds the amount we raise. 

CULAC allocates those funds based on seniority and Committee assignments, along with philosophical compatibility. So, we can take some solace in the fact that the New Jersey delegation is both influential and sympathetic to credit union issues. 

Contact me at or 1-800-792-8861 ext. 127 for more information on CULAC.

You might also want to register for my Political & Legislative Update webinar scheduled for next Friday (6/15) at 2 p.m. where I’ll recap Tuesday’s election results, and make a few predictions about what we may see in November. You can register here for the free webinar.