House leadership contests

Winner: Jim Saxton, who backed John Boehner for House Minority Leader. Boehner’s victory might help Saxton become the Ranking Minority Member of the House Armed Services or Natural Resources Committee, which could put the Burlington County Republican in line to chair a full committee if the GOP regains the House in 2008. Loser: Bill Pascrell, who backed John Murtha for House Majority Leader. The Passaic County Democrat was actively involved in the campaign of Murtha, one of his closest allies in the House. This makes it less likely that Pascrell will gain a key role in a Democratic-controlled Congress. Winners: Albio Sires and Frank Pallone, who backed the new House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer. Loser: Scott Garrett, who was one of 27 House Republicans who backed Indiana’s Mike Pence for Minority Leader.

House leadership contests