Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell has defeated Republican challenger Shmuley Boteach for the redrawn 9th district, the Associated Press reports.
Pascrell was expected to capture the heavily Democratic district, but faced a media blitz from Boteach, a celebrity rabbi known for his book "Kosher Sex" and his reality show.
Despite vying for a district where voter registrations favor Democrats, Boteach received more than $1 million in support from casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to a SuperPAC backing him.
The rabbi's platform included making marriage counseling tax-deductible, support for school vouchers and less government intrusion in business.
An eight-term congressman, Pascrell came to the new 9th district following a bitter primary fight with his longtime friend and fellow Democrat Rep. Steve Rothman.
Pascrell focused on economic issues, social security, foreclosures and veterans issues.