Zimmer’s challenge

Dick Zimmer has a tough tradition to break: no previously unsuccessful general election candidate for the United States Senate in New Jersey has ever come back to win a Senate seat. Jeff Bell, the 1978 GOP nominee, lost a 1982 Senate primary; and Democrat Archibald Alexander lost U.S. Senate general s in 1948 and 1952. One Senator who lost re-election, Warren Barbour, came back to regain his seat.

Joe Pennacchio wants to become the first incumbent State Senator to win a United States Senate seat since William Smathers ousted Hamilton Kean in 1934.

Zimmer’s challenge