Frelinghuysen leads N.J. delegation in personal wealth

U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) is the eighth richest member of the House of Representatives, according to data compiled by Roll Call.

Frelinghuysen has a minimum net worth of $18.15 million, but owing to the vagueness of House financial disclosure forms, his actual worth is probably significantly higher.

Frelinghuysen, who belongs to a political dynasty that dates back more than two centuries, has nine times the minimum net worth of the next richest member from New Jersey, Steve Rothman (D-Englewood).

Rothman has a minimum net worth of $2.1 million, followed by Bill Pascrell (D-Parterson) with $1.85 million, Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) with $1.59 million, Rush Holt (D-Princeton) with $899,000, John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) with $702,000, Donald Payne (D-Newark) with $346,000, Frank LoBiondo (R-Vineland) at $270,000, Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) with $113,000, Albio Sires (D-West New York) with $87,000, Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) with $88,000, Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) with $80,000 and Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights) with $31,000.

The richest member of the House is Darrell Isa (R-Calif.), who has at least $164.65 million.

Congressmen report their assets by range, and Roll Call determined the minimum net worth of each member by adding up the lowest number in the range members reported for each of their assets. The newspaper did not take into account the lawmakers’ annual salary of $169,300.

Combined, House members have a minimum net worth of $1.13 billion. The average is $2.28 million per member ($1.04 million excluding the 10 richest members), while the median is $366,000. Frelinghuysen leads N.J. delegation in personal wealth