Independents who got more than 10% in New Jersey: Teddy Roosevelt and Ross Perot

Only six independent candidates have hit the five percent mark in New Jersey statewide elections. Five of the six were running for President; only Murray Sabrin, the Libertarian candidate for Governor in 1997, was running for state office.

Only two independents made it into the double-digits in New Jersey: Theodore Roosevelt finished second with 34% against Gov. Woodrow Wilson (41%) and President William Howard Taft (21%); and Ross Perot, in his 1992 presidential campaign, won 16% in a three-way race with Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. When Perot ran again in 1996, he received 9%. John Anderson (1980) and George Wallace (1968), clearly on opposite sides of the political spectrum when they made third party White House bids, each won 8%.

The only candidate to win a seat in the Legislature as an independent was Anthony Imperiale, who was elected to the State Assembly in 1971 and to the State Senate in 1973.

Independents who got more than 10% in New Jersey: Teddy Roosevelt and Ross Perot