Political Highlights: Union City Board of Education, 1974-82; mayor of Union City, 1986-92; N.J. Assembly, 1987-91; N.J. Senate, 1991-93; U.S. House, 1993-2006; U.S. Senate, 2006-present Born: Jan. 1, 1954; Manhattan, N.Y. Residence: North Bergen Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Engaged to Alicia Mucci; two children Education: Saint Peter's College, B.A. 1976; Rutgers U., J.D. 1979 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2006 (2nd full term) Committee Assignments: Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Financial Institutions & Consumer Protection; Housing, Transportation & Community Development - Chairman; Securities, Insurance & Investment); Finance (Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure; Health Care; International Trade, Customs & Global Competitiveness; Taxation & IRS Oversight); Foreign Relations
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.