The New Jersey Globe compiles a list of candidates running in the 2022 midterm elections who have ties to New Jersey.
Some, like Dr. Mehmet Oz and Matt Mowers, have lived most of their lives in New Jersey just to find new home states to run for office. Others, like US Senator Mark Kelly, are from the Garden State and have not lived in the state for years.
At least six incumbent state legislators spent part of their youth in New Jersey. Two other high-profile candidates for the House of Representatives have fathers from New Jersey. And the governor of Montana is a New Jersey native.
Oz, a resident of Cliffside Park, won the Republican primary for the US Senate in Pennsylvania last month. He moved to Pennsylvania to run, but remains a registered voter in Bergen County, where he has lived most of his life. He faces Democrat John Fetterman, the lieutenant governor, for a vacant seat in the Republican Senate.
Mowers, who is in a competitive New Hampshire 1st Circuit primary for a rematch with Rep. Chris Pappas, grew up in East Brunswick and worked for Gov. Chris Christie. He relocated to Granite State to become executive director of the state GOP and then the state director of Christie’s 2016 presidential campaign. After Christie lost – he only won 7% of the vote – Mowers moved to New Jersey and contested a second primary that year. Two years ago he returned to New Hampshire to take on Pappas.
Kelly, a West Orange astronaut, moved to Arizona after marrying Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He flipped a seat in the US Senate in a 2020 special election and is seeking a full six-year term this year.
Jamaal Bowman, a Bronx Democrat who ousted a longtime incumbent in an elementary school two years ago, played football for Sayreville War Memorial High School. Seven-year-old Connecticut Democrat Jim Himes grew up in Pennington and graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School. Darren Soto, who won a Florida congressional seat in 2018, is from Ringwood and attended Lakeland Regional High School.
Scott Peters, a California Democrat who has been in Congress for ten years, is a graduate of Westfield High School. Alma Adams, a North Carolina Democrat who has been a congresswoman since 2014, graduated from West Side High School in Newark. Abigail Spanberger, a two-year-old Democrat from Virginia, spent part of her childhood at Red Bank.
One of the four candidates who made it to a special election for a seat in the House of Alaska, Dr. Al Gross, has ties to New Jersey.
DR Al Grossan orthopedic surgeon and commercial fisherman who ran for US Senate two years ago comes from an Essex County family.
His father, Avrum Gross, grew up in South Orange and West Orange before moving to Alaska in the 1960s.
After law school, Avrum Gross took a job with the Alaska Legislative Affairs Agency — their version of the Office of Legislative Services — where he formed a friendship with a young lawmaker and bush pilot named Jay Hammond.
After Hammond was elected governor in 1974 — defeating a former Democratic governor statewide by just 287 votes — he voted From biga Democrat, as Attorney General of Alaska.
Al Gross’ grandfather, Joel, was a Newark attorney and chairman of the Essex County United Jewish Appeal. When former Vice President Henry Wallace launched an independent campaign for the presidency in 1948, Joel Gross served as vice chairman of the newly formed Independent Progressive Party. He was previously a board member of the New Jersey Independent Citizens League.
Gross faces former Gov. Sarah Palin and two others.
In Florida, State Senator Annette Taddeo is a Jersey girl by blood. Her father, Anthony, was born and raised in Orange and served in World War II and Korea. He later moved to Columbia where his daughter was born. Taddeo’s aunt was the school secretary at Mark Kelly’s West Orange School.
Taddeo challenges the newcomer Republican María Elvira Salazar, who ousted Donna Shalala for the Miami seat in 2020.