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.