South Plainfield, New Jersey
South Plainfield is a borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 23,385, reflecting an increase of 1,575 from the 21,810 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,321 from the 20,489 counted in the 1990 Census. South Plainfield was incorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 12, 1926, from portions of Piscataway Township, based on the results of a referendum passed on April 6, 1926; the borough's name derives from Plainfield, which derived its name from a local estate or from its scenic location. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 8.361 square miles, including 8.327 square miles of land and 0.034 square miles of water. Unincorporated communities and place names located or within the township include Avon Park, Hadley Airport, Holly Park and Samptown; the borough is bordered by Piscataway Township on the south and west, Edison Township on the east, both in Middlesex County, Plainfield on the north and Scotch Plains both in Union County.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 23,385 people, 7,876 households, 6,174.784 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,808.5 per square mile. There were 8,093 housing units at an average density of 971.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the borough was 66.74% White, 10.10% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 14.68% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.79% from other races, 3.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.24% of the population. There were 7,876 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 21.6% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals, 8.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.34. In the borough, the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 29.2% from 45 to 64, 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 92.1 males. The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that median household income was $92,263 and the median family income was $98,913. Males had a median income of $61,480 versus $48,639 for females; the per capita income for the borough was $33,495. About 2.7% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over. As of the 2000 United States Census there were 21,810 people, 7,151 households, 5,856 families residing in the borough; the population density was 2,609.8 people per square mile. There were 7,307 housing units at an average density of 874.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the borough was 77.74% White, 8.56% African American, 0.22% Native American, 7.57% Asian, 3.48% from other races, 2.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.66% of the population.
There were 7,151 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.8% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 18.1% were non-families. 15.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.35. In the borough, the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males. The median income for a household in the borough was $67,466, the median income for a family was $72,745. Males had a median income of $47,465 versus $34,329 for females; the per capita income for the borough was $25,270. About 2.3% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.
Tumi Inc. is a manufacturer of suitcases and bags for travel, founded in 1975 by Charlie Clifford after serving in Peru with the Peace Corps. PTC Therapeutics is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development of small molecule, orally administered treatments for orphan diseases. Jem Records was a record label that existed from 1970 to 1988, at the time principally known as the parent company of Passport Records; the Plainfield Curling Club is a curling club that owns and operates the only dedicated curling facility in New Jersey. Established in 1963, the club's two-sheet structure was completed in 1967. South Plainfield is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government; the governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office; the Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle.
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2015 New Jersey elections
A general election was held in the U. S. state of New Jersey on November 3, 2015. Primary elections were held on June 2; the only state positions up in this election cycle were all 80 seats in the New Jersey General Assembly and one Senate special election in the 5th Legislative District. In addition to the State Legislative elections, numerous county offices and freeholders in addition to municipal offices were up for election. There were no statewide ballot questions this year though some counties and municipalities may have had a local question asked. Non-partisan local elections, some school board elections, some fire district elections happened throughout the year; the entire Senate is up in years ending in 1, 3, 7. A low turnout was expected due to the lack of Presidential, Congressional, or gubernatorial elections on the ballot this year; the predictions turned out to be true as the 22% turnout was the lowest percentage recorded in recent state history. One special election was held in the 5th Legislative District to fill the remaining term of Donald Norcross.
Norcross resigned in November 2014 following his election to Congress. In December 2014, 5th District Democrats appointed former Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez to the seat. Cruz-Perez was faced no challengers in the special election; the Democratic Party holds a majority of seats in the Senate with 24 seats. The results of this election did not affect the standings of either party in the upper house. All 80 seats in the General Assembly were up for election this year. In each Legislative district, there are two people elected; the two members of each party run as a team in each election. In the 2013 election, Democrats captured 48 seats. At the time of the general election, there were two vacancies: One in the 5th District resulting from Democrat Angel Fuentes's resignation on June 30, 2015 and one in the 24th District resulting from Republican Alison Littell McHose's resignation on October 17, 2015. Four Democrats defeated four incumbent Republicans leading to the Democrats controlling 52 of 80 seats in the 2016–17 Assembly session, the highest percentage they held since 1979.
Summary of the November 3, 2015 New Jersey General Assembly election results: Incumbent Angel Fuentes ran in the Democratic primary but withdrew his candidacy in June 2015 when he became a deputy county clerk in Camden County. Fuentes and Marianne Holly Cass were replaced on the Democratic ballot by Arthur Barclay and Pat Jones and Ralph Williams was replaced by Keith Walker on the Republican ticket. Robert Esposito won a spot on the Republican ticket in the general election but was replaced on the ballot by Claire Gustafson. Anthony Washington won a spot on the Democratic ticket in the general election but was replaced on the ballot by Robert P. Kurzydlowski. On election night, the returns showed incumbent Republican Donna Simon ahead of Democrat Andrew Zwicker; that night, Zwicker delivered a concession speech though returns that night put him ahead of Simon. After all provisional ballots were counted in the four counties comprising the district, Simon conceded on November 16. Zwicker becomes the first Democrat to represent the 16th legislative district.
Reyes Ortega won a spot on the Republican ticket in the general election but was replaced on the ballot by Jesus Varela. Jimmy Esposito won a spot on the Democratic ticket in the general election but was replaced on the ballot by Lorna Phillipson. Louis Rodriguez won a spot on the Republican ticket in the general election but withdrew his candidacy from the general election due to a federal job. Anthony Cappola dropped out of the race on October 1 following the discovery of a controversial satirical book entitled Outrageous! Written by Cappola. Bergen County Republicans picked attorney Fernando Alonso to replace Cappola on the ballot pending the allowance of the replacement candidate on the ballot; the Republicans unexpectedly dropped the effort to have the candidate replaced on October 13 and Cappola announced his intention to continue in the race. New Jersey Department of State - Division of Elections 2015 Election Information New Jersey elections, 2015 - Ballotpedia
2017 New Jersey elections
A general election was held in the U. S. state of New Jersey on November 7, 2017. Primary elections were held on June 6. All elected offices at the state level were on the ballot in this election cycle, including Governor and Lieutenant Governor for four-year terms, all 80 seats in the New Jersey General Assembly for two-year terms, all 40 seats in the State Senate for four-year terms. In addition to the gubernatorial and State Legislative elections, numerous county offices and Freeholders in addition to municipal offices were up for election. There were two statewide ballot questions and some counties and municipalities had a local ballot question. Non-partisan local elections, some school board elections, some fire district elections were held throughout the year. All 40 seats of the New Jersey Senate were up for election. Prior to the elections, Democrats held a 24–16 majority in the upper house. Democrats picked up an open seat in District 7 and defeated a Republican incumbent in District 11, while Republicans defeated an appointed Democratic incumbent in District 2.
Overall, this resulted in Democrats having a net gain of one seat, increasing their majority to 25–15. Raymond Lesniak, District 20 Diane Allen, District 7 Joe Kyrillos, District 13In addition, four members who were elected in the last election in 2013 have since left office: Donald Norcross, Peter J. Barnes III, Kevin J. O'Toole, Jim Whelan. DeclaredJeff Van Drew, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredMary Gruccio, Superintendent of Vineland Public Schools and former Cumberland County FreeholderResults DeclaredAnthony Parisi Sanchez, community activist and former Marine Corps reservist EndorsementsPollingResults Incumbent Democratic Senator Jim Whelan declined to seek a fourth term, announcing his retirement on January 4, 2017. Whelan died in office on August 22. DeclaredColin Bell, former Atlantic County Freeholder and nominee for Assembly in 2015WithdrawnVince Mazzeo, state assemblyman ResultsFollowing the death of Whelan on August 22, 2017, Bell was unanimously selected to fill the remainder of his term by local Democratic committee members on September 5, was sworn in on October 5.
DeclaredChris A. Brown, state assemblymanResults EndorsementsPolling Results DeclaredStephen M. Sweeney, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredFran Grenier, chairman of the Salem County Republican Party and former Woodstown Borough CouncilmanResults Polling EndorsementsResults DeclaredFred H. Madden, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredMichael PascettaResultsPascetta was not on the official list of candidates for the general election. EndorsementsResults DeclaredNilsa Cruz-Perez, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredKeith Walker, nominee for Senate in 2011 and 2013Results DeclaredMohammad Kabir EndorsementsResults DeclaredJames Beach, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredRobert ShapiroResults EndorsementsResults Citing health concerns, incumbent Republican Senator Diane Allen declined to run for a seventh term, announcing her retirement on January 31, 2017. DeclaredRob Prisco, Riverside Township Committeeman and nominee for Assembly in 2015ResultsOn June 13, Governor Chris Christie nominated Prisco to a worker's compensation judgeship, whom would drop out.
Local Republican committee members selected Delanco Mayor John Browne as a replacement candidate on September 6. DeclaredTroy Singleton, state assemblymanWithdrawnCory CottinghamDeclinedHerb Conaway, state assemblyman Carol A. Murphy, director of policy and communication for Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera Results EndorsementsResults DeclaredDawn Marie Addiego, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredGeorge B. YoungkinResults EndorsementsResults DeclaredChristopher J. Connors, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredBrian Corley White, attorneyResults EndorsementsResults DeclaredJames W. Holzapfel, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredEmma Mammano, mental health counselorResults EndorsementsResults DeclaredJennifer Beck, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredVin Gopal, nominee for Assembly in 2011, former chairman of the Monmouth County Democratic Party Results EndorsementsPolling Results DeclaredArt Haney, chairman of the Old Bridge Republican Party and former mayor of Old Bridge Samuel D. Thompson, incumbent senatorEndorsementsResults DeclaredDavid Lande, attorneyResults DeclaredKevin Antoine, SUNY health professor EndorsementsResults Incumbent Republican Senator Joe Kyrillos announced that he would not run for a ninth term on October 25, 2016.
DeclaredDeclan O'Scanlon, state assemblymanWithdrawnAmy Handlin, state assemblywoman Results DeclaredSean Byrnes, former Middletown Township Committeeman Joshua Leinsdorf, former Princeton school board member and perennial candidateResults EndorsementsResults DeclaredLinda R. Greenstein, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredBruce MacDonald, jewelry store owner Ileana Schirmer, Hamilton Township CouncilwomanResults EndorsementsResults DeclaredShirley Turner, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredLee Eric NewtonResults Endorsements Results DeclaredChristopher Bateman, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredLaurie Poppe, social worker, nominee for Hillsborough Township Committee in 2015 and 2016WithdrawnZenon Christodoulu, businessmanDeclinedAndrew Koontz, Mercer County Freeholder Liz Lempert, Mayor of Princeton Andrew Zwicker, state assemblyman Results Endorsements Polling Results DeclaredBill Irwin, Piscataway Board of Education President Bob Smith, incumbent senatorResults DeclaredDaryl J. Kipnis, attorneyResults EndorsementsResults DeclaredPatrick J.
New Jersey General Assembly
The New Jersey General Assembly is the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature. Since the election of 1967, the Assembly has consisted of 80 members. Two members are elected from each of New Jersey's 40 legislative districts for a term of two years, each representing districts with average populations of 210,359. To be eligible to run, a potential candidate must be at least 21 years of age, must have lived in their district for at least one year prior to the election, have lived in the state of New Jersey for two years, they must be residents of their districts. Membership in the Assembly is considered a part-time job, many members have employment in addition to their legislative work. Assembly members serve two-year terms, elected every odd-numbered year in November. Several members of the Assembly hold other elective office, as they are grandfathered in under a New Jersey law that banned multiple office holding in 2007; the Assembly is led by the Speaker of the Assembly, elected by the membership of the chamber.
After the Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey and the President of the New Jersey Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly is third in the line of succession to replace the Governor of New Jersey in the event that he or she is unable to execute the duties of that office. The Speaker decides the schedule for the Assembly, which bills will be considered, appoints committee chairmen, runs the Assembly's agenda; the current Speaker is Craig Coughlin. Members of the NJ General Assembly receive an annual base salary of $49,000 with the Senate President and the Assembly Speaker earning more. Members receive $110,000 for staff salaries. In addition, they receive stationery and a telephone card, they receive other benefits. The total cost to the State of New Jersey for each member of the general assembly is $200,000 annually. See: New Jersey Legislature#Colonial period and New Jersey Legislative Council#Composition Committee chairs for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session are: Agriculture and Natural Resources - Asm.
Bob Andrzejczak Appropriations - Asm. John Burzichelli Budget - Aswm. Eliana Pintor Marin Commerce and Economic Development - Asm. Gordon M. Johnson Consumer Affairs - Asm. Paul Moriarty Education - Asw. Pamela R. Lampitt Environment and Solid Waste - Asw. Nancy Pinkin Financial Institutions and Insurance - Asm. John F. McKeon Health and Senior Services - Asm. Herb Conaway, MD Higher Education - Asw. Mila Jasey Homeland Security and State Preparedness - Asw. Valerie Vainieri Huttle Housing and Community Development - Asm. Jerry Green Human Services - Asw. Joann Downey Judiciary - Asw. Annette Quijano Labor - Asm. Joseph Egan Law and Public Safety - Asm. Adam Taliaferro Military and Veterans' Affairs - Asw. Cleopatra Tucker Oversight and Federal Relations - Asm. Joseph Danielsen Regulated Professions - Asm. Thomas Giblin Regulatory Oversight - Asm. Reed Gusciora Science and Technology - Asm. Andrew Zwicker State and Local Government - Asm. Vincent Mazzeo Telecommunications and Utilities - Asm. Wayne DeAngelo Tourism and the Arts - Asm.
Ralph Caputo Transportation and Independent Authorities - Asm. Daniel R. Benson Women and Children - Asw. Gabriela Mosquera Note: The first three subsections below end with a constitutional year: 1776, 1844 or 1947; the fourth subsection ends in 1966, the year of the U. S. Supreme Court decision that required legislative apportionment based on the principle of "one person, one vote"; the following is a list of Speakers of the Assembly since 1703. On December 6, 1775, Gov. William Franklin prorogued the New Jersey Legislature until January 3, 1776, but it never met again. On May 30, 1776, Franklin attempted to convene the legislature, but was met instead with an order by the New Jersey Provincial Congress for his arrest. On July 2, 1776, the Provincial Congress approved a new constitution; the Constitution of 1844 expanded the General Assembly to 60 members, elected annually and apportioned to the then-nineteen counties by population. Category:Members of the New Jersey General Assembly New Jersey State Constitution New Jersey Legislature official website Assembly Democrats official website Assembly Republicans official website New Jersey section of Project Vote Smart a national database of voting records and other information about legislators
New Jersey Senate
The New Jersey Senate was established as the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature by the Constitution of 1844, replacing the Legislative Council. There are 40 legislative districts, representing districts with average populations of 210,359; each district has one senator and two members of the New Jersey General Assembly, the lower house of the legislature. Prior to the election in which they are chosen, senators must be a minimum of 30 years old and a resident of the state for four years to be eligible to serve in office. From 1844 until 1965, each county was an electoral district, with each county electing one senator. Under the 1844 Constitution the term of office was three years; the 1947 Constitution changed the term to four years. Since 1968 it has consisted of 40 senators. Senators serve a two-year term at the beginning of each decade, with the rest of the decade divided into two four-year terms; the "2-4-4" cycle was put into place so that Senate elections can reflect the changes made to the district boundaries on the basis of the decennial United States Census.
If the cycle were not put into place the boundaries would sometimes be four years out of date before being used for Senate elections. Rather, with the varied term, the boundaries are only two years out of date, thus elections for Senate seats take place in years ending with a "1", "3" or "7". Interim appointments are made to fill vacant legislative seats by the county committee or committees of the party of the vacating person; the office is on the ballot for the next general election, unless the vacancy occurred within 51 days of the election. The appointment stands until the following general election. Senatorial courtesy is a senate tradition that allows home county legislators to intercede to prevent consideration of a local resident nominated by the Governor for a position that requires Senate confirmation. Any of the senators from the nominee's home county can invoke senatorial courtesy to block a nomination, temporarily or permanently, without any obligation to justify the basis of their actions.
Governor Corzine nominated Stuart Rabner on June 4, 2007, to be the next Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, replacing James R. Zazzali, nearing mandatory retirement age. Shortly after the nomination, two members of the Senate from Essex County, where Rabner resides, blocked consideration of his confirmation by invoking senatorial courtesy. State Senator Ronald Rice had blocked the nomination, but relented on June 15, 2007, after a meeting with the governor. Nia Gill dropped her block on June 19, 2007, but did not explain the nature of her concerns, though anonymous lawmakers cited in The New York Times indicated that the objection was due to Rabner's race and Governor Corzine's failure to consider a minority candidate for the post. In June 2007, Loretta Weinberg used senatorial courtesy privileges to hold up consideration of a new term in office for Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli; until 2010, in the event of a gubernatorial vacancy, the New Jersey Constitution had specified that the President of the Senate would assume the role of Acting Governor and retain their role in the Senate.
An Acting Governor would assume the governorship while retaining the reins of power in their house of the legislature. The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey took office for the first time on January 19, 2010, following conjoint election with the Governor of New Jersey; the position was created as the result of a Constitutional amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution passed by the voters on November 8, 2005. While the amendment itself took effect as of January 17, 2006, made some interim changes to the succession to the governorship, the first lieutenant governor was not elected until November 3, 2009. District 1: Bob Andrzejczak District 2: Chris A. Brown District 3: Stephen M. Sweeney District 4: Fred H. Madden District 5: Nilsa Cruz-Perez District 6: James Beach District 7: Troy Singleton District 8: Dawn Marie Addiego District 9: Christopher J. Connors District 10: James W. Holzapfel District 11: Vin Gopal District 12: Samuel D. Thompson District 13: Declan O'Scanlon District 14: Linda R. Greenstein District 15: Shirley Turner District 16: Christopher Bateman District 17: Bob Smith District 18: Patrick J. Diegnan District 19: Joseph Vitale District 20: Joseph Cryan District 21: Thomas Kean, Jr. District 22: Nicholas Scutari District 23: Michael J. Doherty District 24: Steve Oroho District 25: Anthony Bucco District 26: Joseph Pennacchio District 27: Richard Codey District 28: Ronald Rice District 29: Teresa Ruiz District 30: Robert Singer District 31: Sandra Bolden Cunningham District 32: Nicholas Sacco District 33: Brian P. Stack District 34: Nia Gill District 35: Nellie Pou District 36: Paul Sarlo District 37: Loretta Weinberg District 38: Joseph Lagana District 39: Gerald Cardinale District 40: Kristin Corrado Committee chairs for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session are: Budget and Appropriations - Paul Sarlo Commerce - Nellie Pou Community and Urban Affairs - Jeff Van Drew Economic Growth - Nilsa Cruz-Perez Education - Teresa Ruiz Environment and Energy - Bob Smith Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens - Joseph Vitale Higher Education - Sandra Bolden Cunningh
Barbara A. Buono is an American politician who served in the New Jersey Senate from 2002-2014, where she represented the 18th Legislative District, she is a member of the Democratic Party and was the Democratic nominee for Governor of New Jersey in the 2013 general election, which she lost to Republican incumbent Chris Christie. Before entering the Senate, Buono served in the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, the General Assembly, from 1994 to 2002, where she served as the Minority Parliamentarian from 1996-98. In the Assembly, Buono became the ranking Democrat on the Assembly Budget Committee, she was Democratic Conference Chair from 2004 to 2007. She served from 2010 to 2012 as the Majority Leader in the Senate. Buono was born in Newark, grew up in Nutley, New Jersey and attended Nutley Public Schools, graduating from Nutley High School in 1971. Buono received a B. A. in 1975 from Montclair State College in Political Science and earned a J. D. in 1979 from the Rutgers School of Law–Camden.
Before joining the Metuchen borough council, she was a member of the Middlesex County Democratic Committee. While serving on the borough council, she served on the Metuchen Planning Board for one year in 1994. Buono is married to Dr. Martin Gizzi and has four children with her first husband and two step-children with Dr. Gizzi. In 2015, Buono moved to Portland, Oregon, she began her career as a criminal trial attorney for the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate and entered private practice. Buono first ran for local office on November 3, 1992, serving on the Metuchen, New Jersey Borough Council from January 1, 1993 to December 1, 1994. Buono ran against and beat incumbent Republican State Assemblywoman Joanna Gregory-Scocchi in 1994, chosen by a Republican special convention in February 1994 to fill the vacant seat of Republican Assemblywoman Harriet Derman. In the November 8, 1994, special election, early favorite Gregory-Scocchi was defeated by Buono, after disclosures that a temporary employment firm owned by Gregory-Scocchi had hired illegal immigrants, with Buono having received 27,229 votes and Gregory-Scocchi 23,436 votes.
Buono was sworn into office on December 1, 1994. After serving seven years in the New Jersey General Assembly she was elected to the New Jersey Senate on November 6, 2001. Buono served in the Senate on the Budget and Appropriations Committee, the Intergovernmental Relations Commission and the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, she was the first woman to serve as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. At the beginning of the 2010 session, Senator Buono became the first woman to be elected Majority Leader of the New Jersey State Senate, she held the position through the end of the 2011 session, when she was succeeded by Loretta Weinberg, after Buono declined to agree with Senate President Stephen Sweeney on the terms of a power-sharing deal. Buono was the author of the New Jersey "Anti-Bullying Law", which requires school districts to implement anti-harassment and bullying prevention policies to make schools safer for vulnerable children, she was the prime sponsor of consumer protection measures restricting telemarketing by creating the most stringent "Do Not Call" database legislation in the nation.
Senator Buono is the prime sponsor of the law prohibiting the practice of predatory lending, in which lenders issue loans with hidden costs and excessive fees to homeowners, eroding their financial security and putting their homes at risk. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee, serves on the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, the State Government, Tourism, & Historic Preservation committee. Buono voted for the legalization of medical marijuana. Word bills related to the measure were signed into law by Democratic Governor Jon Corzine and six bills related to the measure were vetoed by Republican Governor Chris Christie; each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 18th District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session were: Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes III Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan On December 11, 2012, Buono announced her candidacy for Governor of New Jersey in the Democratic primary, with the winner to face Republican incumbent Chris Christie in the 2013 election.
Buono gained considerable party support by late January. In the primary election on June 4, 2013, she was chosen over one opponent to be the Democratic nominee for Governor of New Jersey in the 2013 general election. Despite New Jersey being a Democratic state in presidential contests, her campaign struggled to gain traction against Christie. On July 29, Buono selected Milly Silva, executive vice president of 1199 SEIU, as her running mate for lieutenant governor. On November 5, Buono was defeated by incumbent Governor Chris Christie by a 60.3% to 38.2% margin. Archive of Barbara Buono for Governor Archive of Barbara Buono official New Jersey Legislature site Profile at Vote Smart New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
Spotswood, New Jersey
Spotswood is a borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,257, reflecting an increase of 377 from the 7,880 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn declined by 103 from the 7,983 counted in the 1990 Census, its first settler James Johnston called the place "Spottiswoode", named for his old place of residence in Scotland, dates back to its original settlement in 1685. Spotswood was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 15, 1908, from portions of East Brunswick Township, based on the passage of a referendum held on May 12, 1908. According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.472 square miles, including 2.267 square miles of land and 0.205 square miles of water. To the north east edge lies Duhernal Lake. Unincorporated communities and place names located or within the township include Outcalt, located along the border of Spotswood and Monroe Township.
The borough borders the Middlesex County municipalities of East Brunswick Township, Monroe Township and Old Bridge Township. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 8,257 people, 3,128 households, 2,142.680 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,642.2 per square mile. There were 3,242 housing units at an average density of 1,430.1 per square mile. The racial makeup of the borough was 88.63% White, 2.98% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 5.14% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.27% from other races, 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.32% of the population. There were 3,128 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.5% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals, 15.1% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.5 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 86.1 males. The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that median household income was $70,360 and the median family income was $90,652. Males had a median income of $59,226 versus $43,365 for females; the per capita income for the borough was $31,249. About 2.5% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over. As of the 2000 United States Census there were 7,880 people, 3,099 households, 2,163 families residing in the borough; the population density was 3,389.8 people per square mile. There were 3,158 housing units at an average density of 1,358.5 per square mile. The racial makeup of the borough was 99.24% White.05% African American.5% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.38% of the population. There were 3,099 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.0% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.2% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.10. In the borough the population was spread out with 22.4% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males. The median income for a household in the borough was $55,833, the median income for a family was $73,062. Males had a median income of $45,979 versus $35,859 for females; the per capita income for the borough was $25,247. About 2.6% of families and 4.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.
The Spotswood Police Department is a 24/7 law enforcement agency that serves both Spotswood and Helmetta. The department has 22 officers, 3 full-time dispatchers, 4 part-time dispatchers, led by Chief Michael Zarro. In April 2018, Helmetta disbanded its three-officer police force and entered into a six-year shared services agreement with Spotswood to provide police, dispatch and EMS services; the Borough of Spotswood operates within the Faulkner Act under the Mayor-Council, implemented based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission as of July 1, 1976. The mayor and the five-member council are elected at-large on a non-partisan basis with each elected official serving four-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either three council seats or two council seats and the mayoral seat up for vote every other year as part of the November general election; the mayor has responsibility for the administration of the government. The legislative power resides within the borough council.
There is separation of executive power in this form of government. As of 2019, the Mayor of Spotswood is Ed S