Anthony Imperiale was the only Indepedent to win a State Senate race in New Jersey history. A former Newark City Councilman, he was elected to the Assembly in 1971 and to the Senate in 1973. In 1974, he ran for Mayor of Newark and lost a runoff to incumbent Kenneth Gibson. He lost his Senate seat in 1977 to Democrat Frank Rodgers. He won an Assembly seat as a Republican in 1979 and lost the GOP primary for Governor in 1981.

"Historically, the media has had two caricatures of Republicans. We are either stupid or evil."
—U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)