A GUIDE TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES: NEW JERSEY

NEW JERSEY

Population (1994): 7,904,000 (up 2.2% from 1990), 3.0% of U.S. total

Voting-age pop.: 5,974,000; 1994 turnout, 34%

Median age: 34.5 years

Median household income: $42,280 ($10,016 above U.S. median)

Unemployment: 6.4% (0.8% above U.S. average, March 1996)

Last presidential election: Clinton (D): 43% Bush (R): 41% Perot (I): 16%

Congressional delegation: Seven Democrats, eight Republicans

Ben Franklin, referring to the state's position between Philadelphia and New York City, called New Jersey "a valley of humility between two mountains of conceit." Though still in the shadow of the two cities, the state is a political bellwether, with social diversity that...

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