New Jersey Republican State Committee
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New Jersey Republican State Committee

The New Jersey Republican State Committee (NJGOP) is the affiliate of the United States Republican Party in New Jersey. It was founded in 1880 and is currently led by Michael Lavery.[1]


According to the New Jersey Republican State Committee's Constitution and By-Laws the State Committee shall be composed of one male and one female registered Republican from each of the 21 counties of New Jersey elected at the primary election in the year in which the Governor is to be elected. Each elected member shall take office upon their election following the primary, and hold office for four years.

Current leadership

  • Michael Lavery, Chairman
  • Lynda A. Pagliughli, Vice Chairwoman
  • Irene Kim Asbury, Secretary
  • April Bengivenga, Treasurer
  • Bill Palatucci, National Committeeman
  • Virginia Haines, National Committeewoman
  • Phil Valenziano, Executive Director

Current elected officials

The New Jersey Republican Party holds a minority in both the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate. Republicans hold two of the state's twelve U.S. House seats, having lost four in the 2018 midterms but with one Democrat switching to the GOP in 2020.

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

  • None

Both of New Jersey's U.S. Senate seats have held by Democrats since 2013. Jeffrey Chiesa was the last Republican to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate. Appointed in 2012 by then Governor Chris Christie after the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg, Chiesa opted not to run in the special election to determine who would serve the remainder of the term. Steve Lonegan instead ran and was subsequently defeated by Democratic challenger Cory Booker. Clifford P. Case was the last Republican elected to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate in 1972. First elected in 1954, Case served four consecutive terms before losing the Republican primary in 1978 to Jeff Bell who himself lost the General election to Democratic challenger Bill Bradley.

U.S. House of Representatives

Out of the 12 seats New Jersey is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 2 are held by Republicans:

State officials

New Jersey Senate

New Jersey Assembly

Past elected officials

Vice President of the United States

U.S. Senators

U.S. Representatives








Notable past party members

  • Garret Hobart: First party chairman serving from 1880 till 1891. Was the 24th Vice President of the United States. Sixth Vice President to die in office.
  • Nelson G. Gross: Party chairman from 1969 till 1970. Gross was arrested and sentenced to two years for five counts of tax fraud and perjury. Gross was kidnapped and murdered on September 17, 1997.

See also


  1. ^ "Lavery wins race for Republican State Chairman". New Jersey Globe. 2020-12-16. Retrieved .

External links

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