Election 2016 District by District Update
O’Scanlon to Seek 13th District Senate Seat
Since news broke in October that state Senator Joe Kyrillos of New Jersey’s 13th legislative district would not be seeking re-election, there has been speculation about who would replace him in the majority Republican district. Now, Kyrillos’ district mate Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon has confirmed that he will be running to replace Kyrillos.
“I am running for senate. I am looking forward to the opportunity to double the value of my vote and the volume of my megaphone,” O’Scanlon said.
NJACP values its relationship with Assemblyman O’Scanlon, who serves on the Assembly Budget Committee and has been an outspoken supporter of provider issues during budget hearings. We wish him the best as seeks the 13th District Senate seat. To read more, click here.
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New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation Has More Clout
With two appointments to key committees in the House of Representatives for the 115th Congress, New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation gains more power in relation to other states. Currently, New Jersey is ranked 23 out of 50 for its clout it has on Capitol Hill despite being 11th in population in the country. U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, (R-11), will chair the House Committee on Appropriations beginning Jan. 3, 2017. The Appropriations Committee is one of the most powerful committee’s in the House, writing the bills that fund the federal government.
Frelinghuysen, 70, is a resident of Harding Township in Morris County and was elected to Congress in 1995. Prior to that he served in the state Assembly and as a Morris County freeholder. Frelinghuysen is the sixth member of his family to serve in Congress. His father, Peter Frelinghuysen Jr., represented the 5th Congressional District from 1953 to 1974. It is well known that New Jersey residents send more tax money to Washington than they get back in federal funding. Frelinghuysen will be in a better position to influence funding coming to New Jersey, including for transportation projects.
Representative Frank Pallone (D-6), the state’s most powerful Democrat, was re-elected to serve as ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The House Energy and Commerce committee oversees Medicaid and other issues of importance to providers. Representative Bill Pascrell (D-9) was also chosen to serve on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and will help New Jersey Democrats to be appointed to more powerful committees.
NJACP congratulates all the members of the members of the Delegation and looks forward to working with them. For more information on the appointments, please click on the articles below.
Election 2013 District by District Update
Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties Senator Jeff Van Drew (D)*
Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D)*
Sam Fiocchi (R)
District One was contentious as Republicans devoted significant resources to oust the incumbents. Senator Van Drew won by a 20 point margin and Assemblyman Andrzejczak will keep his seat; however, Assemblyman Albano lost his seat. Senator Van Drew, as part of the Budget Committee, has been supportive of issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. However, the Senator continues to advocate for Vineland Developmental Center to remain open because of his belief that the economic impact brought on by job loss would be devastating to District One. NJACP has advocated that economic factors should not be considered, only the effect on people’s lives.
Senator Jim Whalen (D)*
Assemblyman John Amodeo (R)*
Assemblyman Chris Brown (R)*
Senator Whelan held onto his seat despite aggressive Republican attempts to unseat him and he will most likely continue to serve on the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties
Senator Stephen Sweeney (D)*
Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D)*
Assemblywoman Celeste Riley (D)*
Senator Sweeney held onto his seat by a comfortable margin after a major effort by Republicans to replace him. The Senator will remain Senate President. As a result, Senate Republicans could face a harder time moving their agenda if Senator Tom Kean remains as Senate Minority Leader. Senator Sweeney has been a friend of the disability community and is a strong advocate for his daughter, who is living with Down syndrome.
Camden and Gloucester Counties
Senator Fred Madden, Jr. (D)*
Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D)*
Assemblywoman Gabriella Mosquera (D)*
Camden and Gloucester Counties
Senator Donald Norcross (D)*
Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D)*
Assemblyman Gilbert Wilson (D)*
Angel Fuentes will most likely continue to serve on the Assembly Human Services Committee.
Burlington and Camden Counties
Senator James Beach (D)*
Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D)*
Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D)*
District six remains a strong Democratic district with no changes. Assemblyman Greenwald will continue as Assembly Majority Leader and has been a champion for issues such as deinstitutionalization, working with NJACP to move this issue forward.
Senator Diane Allen (R)*
Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D)*
Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D)*
Senator Allen will continue on the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and has been a strong advocate for providers and people and for institutional closure. Assemblyman Herb Conaway will most likely remain as Chairperson of the Assembly Health Committee. NJACP will continue to work with Assemblyman Singleton on budget issues as he serves on the Assembly Budget Committee. The Assemblyman worked with NJACP in the SFY 2013 budget cycle to ensure a cost of care increase for providers.
Atlantic, Burlington and Camden Counties
Senator Dawn Marie Addiego (R)*
Assemblyman Christopher Brown (R)*
Assemblyman Scott Rudder (R)*
Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean Counties
Senator Christopher Connors (R)*
Assemblywoman Diane Gove (R)*
Assemblyman Brian Rumpf (R)*
District Nine, a traditionally Republican district, had no changes.
Senator James Holzapfel (R)*
Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin (R)*
Assemblyman David Wofle (R)*
The coastal District 10 retains the same elected officials.
Senator Jennifer Beck (R)*
Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R)*
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R)*
District Eleven, New Jersey’s only district with all female Legislators, was re-elected. NJACP works with Senator Beck in her capacity on the Budget committee and she is an active advocate in moving budget issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is also author of “Tara’s Law” to regulate Community Care Residences and we can expect Senator Beck will remain passionate about the disability community. Assemblywoman Angelini serves on the Assembly Human Services Committee and has been very supportive of issues affecting providers and people. As Executive Director of Prevention First, a substance abuse and addiction agency, the Assemblywoman is knowledgeable regarding issues affecting providers.
Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties
Senator Samuel Thompson (R)*
Assemblyman Robert Clifton (R)*
Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R)*
No changes in this district. Senator Thompson, in his capacity as a member of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, has been a vocal supporter of closing institutions.
Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R)*
Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R)*
Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R)*
There are no changes in District Thirteen and Assemblyman O’Scanlon, the ranking Republican Budget Officer on the Assembly Budget Committee, has been vocally supportive of provider cost of care increases.
Mercer and Middlesex Counties
Senator Linda Greenstein (D)*
Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D)*
Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D)*
In one of the most contested districts in the State, the incumbents managed to hold onto their seats with strong union support in District Fourteen, which includes Trenton. Senator Pete Inverso who held the D-14 Senate seat from 1992-2007 challenged Senator Greenstein and Steve Cook, Executive Director of The Arc of Mercer, ran for an Assembly seat. Both were unsuccessful. NJACP will continue to advocate for issues such as deinstitutionalization with members of this district, who have not been supportive of the effort to close developmental centers. Senator Greenstein serves on the Senate Budget Committee.
Hunterdon and Mercer Counties
Senator Shirley Turner (D)*
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora (D)*
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)*
No changes. NJACP continues to work with Assemblywoman Watson Coleman as she sits on the Assembly Budget Committee.
Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset Counties
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R)*
Jack Ciattarelli (R)*
Assemblywoman Donna Simon (R)*
Despite some challenge to the Assembly seats by Democrats, the incumbents remain, and Senator Bateman will continue his work on the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Affordable Housing.
Middlesex and Somerset Counties
Senator Bob Smith (D)*
Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D)*
Assemblyman Joseph Egan (D)*
Senator Peter Barnes, III (D)
Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, Jr. (D)*
Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D)
This district has been a battleground as Senator Buono left her seat to run for Governor and current Assemblyman Peter Barnes was successful in his bid to succeed her as Senator. Former lobbyist, Nancy Pinkin, who also represented clients in the human services arena, will replace Assemblyman Barnes as he moves up to the Senate.
Senator Joe Vitale (D)*
Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D)*
Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D)*
Senator Joe Vitale is Chairperson of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and NJACP works closely with him and his staff on issues affecting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Assemblyman Wisniewski is Deputy Speaker for the Majority and Chair of the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee. Woodbridge Developmental Center, recommended for closure, is located in District Nineteen.
Senator Raymond Lesniak (D)*
Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (D) *
Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D)*
There are no changes in District Twenty. Senator Lesniak has been a strong advocate for solutions to the affordable housing crisis and Assemblyman Joe Cryan serves on the Assembly Human Services Committee.
District Twenty One
Morris, Somerset and Union Counties
Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. (R)*
Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R)*
Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R)*
Senator Kean, who is currently the Senate Majority Leader, may lose his leadership position as a result of poor election gains for Republicans in the Senate and his attempt to unseat Senate President Steve Sweeney. Senator Kean has been very supportive of, and worked to advance, several issues important to NJACP and the people agencies serve. Assemblyman Jon Bramnick is a rising Republican leader in the Assembly.
District Twenty Two
Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties
Senator Nicholas Scutari (D)*
Assemblyman Jerry Green (D)*
Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D)*
District Twenty Three
Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties
Senator Michael Doherty (R)*
Assemblyman John DiMaio (R)*
Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R)*
District Twenty Four
Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties
Senator Steven Oroho (R)*
Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R)*
Assemblyman Parker Space (R)*
Senator Oroho serves on the Senate Budget Committee.
District Twenty Five
Morris and Somerset Counties
Senator Anthony Bucco (R)*
Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R)*
Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R)*
Both Senator Bucco and his son, Assemblyman Bucco, serve on their respective Budget Committees.
District Twenty Six
Essex, Morris and Passaic Counties
Senator Joseph Pinnacchio (R)*
Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R)*
Assemblyman Jay Webber (R) *
Senator Pinnacchio serves on the Senate Budget Committee and Assemblyman Webber serves on the Assembly Budget Committee.
District Twenty Seven
Essex and Morris Counties
Senator Richard Codey (D)*
Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D)*
Assemblyman John McKeon (D)*
District Twenty Eight
Senator Ronald Rice (D)*
Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D)*
Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D)*
Senator Rice serves on the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and Assemblywoman Tucker is Vice Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee.
District Twenty Nine
Senator M. Teresa Ruiz (D)*
Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D)*
Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D)
Assemblywoman Marin is new for the district, replacing Assemblyman Coutinho, who resigned from office in September. Assemblyman Coutinho had served on the Assembly Human Services Committee, however, we do not know if anyone will replace him on the committee.
Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Senator Robert Singer (R)*
Assemblyman Sean Kean (R)*
Assemblyman David Rible (R)*
No changes in District Thirty. Senator Singer serves on the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
District Thirty One
Senator Sandra Cunningham (D)*
Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D)*
Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell (D)*
NJACP has worked with Senator Cunningham, in her capacity as a member of the Senate Budget Committee, on maintaining funding on the budget for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Assemblyman Charles Mainor serves on the Joint Committee on Housing Affordability.
District Thirty Two
Bergen and Hudson Counties
Senator Nicholas Sacco (D)*
Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D)*
Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (D)*
Assemblyman Prieto is supported by the Democratic Caucus as the next Speaker of the Assembly. The Assemblyman is an outspoken supporter of meeting the needs of providers with a cost of care increase and supports increased funding for community services. He will receive NJACP’s Public Leadership Award for his work to advance NJACP priorities during the State Fiscal Year 2014 budget process.
District Thirty Three
Senator Brian Stack (D)*
Assemblyman Sean Connors (D)*
Assemblyman Ruben Ramos (D)*
No changes. Senator Brian Stack is the Vice Chair of the Senate Budget Committee.
District Thirty Four
Essex and Passaic Counties
Senator Nia Gill (D)
Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D)*
Assemblywoman Shelia Oliver (D)*
Assemblywoman Shelia Oliver is the outgoing Speaker of the Assembly and has been supportive of funding increases for services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
District Thirty Five
Bergen and Passaic Counties
Senator Nellie Pou (D)*
Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D)*
Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D)*
Senator Nellie Pou serves on the Senate Budget Committee and participated in hearings opposing the closure of Woodbridge and North Jersey Developmental Centers. Assemblyman Wimberly serves on the Assembly Budget Committee.
District Thirty Six
Bergen and Passaic Counties
Senator Paul Sarlo (D)*
Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D)*
Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D)*
Senator Paul Sarlo is the Chair of the Senate Budget Committee and has been awarded the 2013 NJACP Leadership Award for his support for the cost of care increase in the State Fiscal Year 2014 budget. Assemblyman Gary Schaer will be the next Assembly Budget Chairperson. NJACP is working with the Assemblyman on finding alternate solutions to his concerns about provider accountability and he has agreed to hold his legislation, which includes additional oversight for providers.
District Thirty Seven
Senator Loretta Weinberg (D)*
Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D)*
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D)*
Senator Loretta Weinberg will most likely remain as Senate Majority Leader, Assemblyman Johnson serves on the Assembly Budget Committee and Assemblywoman Huttle is Chairperson of the Assembly Human Services Committee. Despite Senator Weinberg and Assemblywoman Huttle’s support for keeping institutions open, NJACP has worked with both Legislators on advancing issues that are important to providers and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Assemblywoman Huttle was very supportive of a cost of care increase for providers and submitted a budget resolution to accomplish an increase.
District Thirty Eight
Bergen and Passaic Counties
Senator Robert Gordon (D)*
Senator Gordon was re-elected in a contentious district that was heavily funded by Republican opposition. However, the Assembly race at this time is too close to call. Current Assemblyman Timothy Eustace (D) is trailing Democrat Joseph Lagana and Republican Joe Scarpa.
District Thirty Nine
Bergen and Passaic Counties
Senator Gerald Cardinale (R)*
Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R)*
Assemblyman Robert Schroeder (R)*
Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic Counties
Senator Kevin O’Toole (R)*
Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R)*
Assemblyman David Russo (R) *
Senator Kevin O’Toole is the favorite to replace Senator Tom Kean as Republican Minority Leader, if Senator Kean steps down or is not re-elected by his caucus. Senator O’Toole works closely with the Christie administration.