|Incumbent||Bob Menendezprofile||GOP Primary|
|Party||Democrat||Jun 05, 2012|
|Years in Senate||7 years||Gen Election|
|Previous Victory||53%||Nov 06, 2012|
New Jersey is on our 2012 Watch List because it presents conservatives with a major pick-up opportunity. Incumbent Democrat Senator Bob Menendez has an extremely liberal voting record and sagging approval ratings. The election of Governor Chris Christie in 2009 showed that an unwavering Republican can win in the Garden State.