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6 New Jersey Congress Members Are Millionaires, Report Says

How much is your Congress member worth? Find out by using Patch's interactive map.

The above map shows the estimated net worth of 15 of New Jersey's Congress members in 2012. The green markers indicate those making more than $1 million, and the blue color indicates those making less than $1 million.   


Chances are, your Congressional representative is a millionaire. 

The average annual income for a member of Capitol Hill eclipsed $1 million in 2012 for the first time in the history of the United States, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. 

The median net worth of the 534 members of the House and Senate in 2012 was $1,008,767, according to an analysis of the personal financial disclosure forms filed by members of Congress last year.

Members of Congress also became 4.4-percent wealthier from 2011 to 2012—a jump that pushed them over the $1-million mark, according to the study.

The wealthiest New Jersey Congressman was Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, a longtime Republican member of the House representing the 11th District. According to the analysis, Frelinghuysen has a net worth between $20,908,191 and $69,897,000, or an average of $45,402,595. 

Frelinghuysen also has the 24th highest net worth of any member of Congress. 

The New Jersey Congressman with the lowest net worth, according to the analysis, was Christopher Smith, a Republican from the 4th District, who has a net worth of $64,237.

There are six current New Jersey Congress members who had a net worth worth of $1 million in 2012. Former Democratic Rep. Steve Rothman also made the cut in 2012 but lost his seat in a Democratic primary in 2012 to Bill Pascrell (D-9th District) because election maps were redrawn after the 2010 Census.  

The wealthiest overall member of Congress is Rep, Darrell Issa, a Republican House member from California. He leads all Congressman with a net worth of between $330 million and $598 million.

Currently, the annual salary of members of Congress is $172,500. The median household income in the United States was about $51,000 in 2012.

What is the net worth of your New Jersey Congress member? Find out by clicking on the interactive map at the top of the article. 

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