CHUCK HAYTAIAN

Assembly Speaker Garabed "Chuck" Haytaian nearly unseated Frank Lautenberg in the very Republican year of 1994. Lautenberg, helped by a huge warchest (much of it his own) bucked the national tide by running some harsh attack ads against Haytaian's opposition to an assault weapons ban. An October comment by radio personality and Haytaian supporter Bob Grant, portrayed as racist in the media, also hurt the Warren County Republican. Lautenberg beat Haytaian by 67,243 votes, a 50%-47% margin.

CHUCK HAYTAIAN