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New Jersey's 13th congressional district

The district from 2003 to 2013

New Jersey's Thirteenth Congressional District was a congressional district which was created for the 73rd United States Congress in 1933, based on redistricting following the United States Census, 1930. It was last represented by Democrat Albio Sires when it was eliminated due to redistricting following the United States Census, 2010.

Most of the territory in this district became part of a new 8th District in 2013.


From 2003 to 2013, (based on redistricting following the 2000 Census), the district contains portions of 4 counties and 17 municipalities:

Essex County:

Newark (part; also 10)

Hudson County:

Bayonne (part), East Newark, Guttenberg, Harrison, Hoboken, Jersey City (part; also 9 and 10), Kearny (part; also 9), North Bergen (part; also 9), Union City, Weehawken, West New York

Middlesex County:

Carteret, Perth Amboy, Woodbridge Township (part; also 7)

Union County:

Elizabeth (part; also 10), Linden (part; also 7 and 10)


Before district elimination based on the last redistricting in 2013, of the district's 647,258 residents, 308,247 identified themselves as being Hispanic, accounting for 47.6% of the district's population.[1]

2006 electionsEdit

This district was considered solidly Democratic, with the winner of the Democratic Party primary the near-certain winner in November's general election, both in the special and regular elections.

Sires won the seat in a special election on November 7, 2006, after Bob Menendez resigned from this seat on January 16, 2006 in advance of his assumption of the Senate seat vacated by Jon Corzine, who in turn left his Senate seat to become Governor of New Jersey. Sires also won the general election, and will represent the district through at least 2008.

The two most prominent names running for the seat in the regular election were the former Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly, Albio Sires of West New York, and Assemblyman Joseph Vas, who is also Mayor of Perth Amboy, both of whom ran in the Democratic primary. While the two faced off to fill the full two-year term, Vas decided not to run in the special election to fill the two months remaining in Menendez's term.[2]

In the primary for the full two-year term, held on June 6, 2006, Albio Sires beat Joseph Vas, capturing almost 75% of the vote. In the general election, Sires beat Republican John Guarini who had run unopposed for the GOP nod.

In the special primary to fill the remaining two months of the current term, Sires won approximately 90% of the vote, defeating James Geron, assuring Sires of the seat as no Republican opposed him in the special election. Sires was sworn into Congress on November 13, 2006.


Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2008 President Obama 75 - 24%
2004 President Kerry 69 - 31%
2000 President Gore 72 - 25%


Representatives from the district from its creation in 1933 until its elimination in 2013 have included:

Representative Party Years Cong
District Created March 4, 1933
  Mary Teresa Norton Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1951 73rd
Redistricted from the 12th district
  Alfred D. Sieminski Democratic January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1959 82nd
Lost renomination
  Cornelius E. Gallagher Democratic January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1973 86th
Lost renomination
  Joseph J. Maraziti Republican January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1975 93rd Lost reelection.
  Helen Stevenson Meyner Democratic January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979 94th
Lost reelection
  James A. Courter Republican January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1983 96th
Redistricted to the 12th district
  Edwin B. Forsythe Republican January 3, 1983 – March 29, 1984 98th Redistricted from the 6th district
Vacant March 29, 1984 – November 6, 1984
  Jim Saxton Republican November 6, 1984 – January 3, 1993 98th
Elected to finish Forsythe's term.
Elected to same day to the next term.
Redistricted to the 3rd district
  Bob Menendez Democratic January 3, 1993 – January 16, 2006 103rd
Resigned to take United States Senate seat vacated by Jon Corzine
Vacant January 16, 2006 – November 13, 2006
  Albio Sires Democratic November 13, 2006 – January 3, 2013 109th
Redistricted to the 8th district
District Eliminated January 3, 2013

Living former members of the HouseEdit

As of January 2019, there are four living former members. The most recent representative to die was Cornelius Gallagher (served 1959–1973) on October 17, 2018. The most recently serving representative to die was Edwin B. Forsythe (served 1983–1984), who died in office on March 29, 1984.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Jim Courter 1979–1983 (1941-10-14) October 14, 1941 (age 78)
Jim Saxton 1984–1993 (1943-01-22) January 22, 1943 (age 76)
Bob Menendez 1993–2006 (1954-01-01) January 1, 1954 (age 65)
Albio Sires 2006–2013 (1951-01-26) January 26, 1951 (age 68)


  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present

Coordinates: 40°43′41″N 74°04′40″W / 40.7281575°N 74.0776417°W / 40.7281575; -74.0776417