In New Jersey, parties rarely lose seats of retiring Congressmen

If John Adler and Linda Stender win their races for Congress, they’ll accomplish a feat that rarely occurs in New Jersey — winning the seat of a retiring Congressman from the other party in a contest unrelated to the drawing of new districts. The last time this happened was in 1994, when Republican Frank LoBiondo won after Democrat William Hughes retired.

The last time the GOP failed to hold the seats of retiring incumbents was in 1964, when Democrat James Howard succeeded Republican James Auchincloss, and Democrat Paul Krebs followed Republican George Wallhauser.

Democrats picked up an open Republican seats in 1960 when Democrat Charles Joelson replaced Republican Gordon Canfield, in a 1953 special election when Democrat Harrison Williams won the seat vacated by Republican Clifford Case, and in 1948, when Democrat Peter Rodino succeeded Republican Fred Hartley.

In New Jersey, parties rarely lose seats of retiring Congressmen