Gina Genovese

Gina Rose Genovese (born April 30, 1959) is an American businesswoman, former professional tennis player and politician from New Jersey. In 2006, Genovese become the first Democratic Party mayor in Long Hill Township's history and the first openly gay mayor in the state of New Jersey.[2] She was an Independent candidate in the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial election.[3]

Gina Genovese
Mayor of Long Hill Township, New Jersey
In office
Preceded byDavid Welch
Succeeded byGeorge Vitureira
Personal details
Gina Rose Genovese

(1959-04-30) April 30, 1959 (age 63)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyIndependent (2011–present)[1]
Other political
Democratic (before 2011)
SpouseWendy McCahill
ProfessionSmall business owner

Early life and educationEdit

Genovese was born on April 30, 1959 in Newark and raised in Union Township, Union County, New Jersey. At age 12, Genovese moved to Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. She graduated from Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey in 1977.[4]

Professional tennis careerEdit

Genovese joined the Women's Tennis Association circuit in 1980. After attaining a world ranking of 150, she was forced to retire in 1981 due to injury. In 1983, Genovese opened Gina's Tennis World in Berkeley Heights. She has coached over 25 nationally ranked players and continues to own and operate the club.[4]

Political careerEdit

Mayoral term and 2007 state senate campaignEdit

In 2004, Genovese ran for a seat on the Long Hill Township committee and defeated a four-time Republican incumbent, becoming the lone Democrat on the committee.[5] In January 2006, Genovese was unanimously selected to become the township's first Democratic mayor and the first openly gay mayor in New Jersey.[6]

Genovese resigned from the township committee in 2007 to run for New Jersey Senate in the 21st Legislative District, challenging Republican incumbent Tom Kean Jr.[7] The district included Long Hill and several other towns in Essex, Morris, Somerset and Union counties. Genovese was unopposed in the Democratic primary and lost to Kean in the general election, receiving 20,092 votes to Kean's 29,795.[8]

Genovese was one of New Jersey's 15 electors in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.[9]

Courage to Connect NJEdit

In 2009, after extensive research in the field of municipal consolidation, Genovese formed the non-partisan, non-profit organization Courage To Connect NJ, which encourages property tax reform in New Jersey.[2][10] Genovese serves as the organization's executive director and co-authored the Courage To Connect NJ Guidebook.[11] She was an advocate of the 2013 merger of the Borough of Princeton and Princeton Township.[12] In 2015, Genovese was presented the New Jersey Taxpayers’ Association Advocate Award in the category of Shared Services / Consolidation.[13] In 2017, InsiderNJ included her in its Insider 100 Policymakers as "the state's leading expert on municipal consolidation."[14]

2017 New Jersey gubernatorial electionEdit

In April 2017, Genovese announced an Independent bid for New Jersey governor, dedicating her candidacy to property tax reform.[3] On July 25, Genovese selected political operative Derel Stroud of Plainfield as her running mate.[15] In the November 7, 2017 general election, she received 0.57% of the vote.[16][17]

Personal lifeEdit

Genovese resides in Long Hill Township with her partner of 20 years, Wendy McCahill. The couple married in 2013.[18]


  1. ^ Pizarro, Max (May 1, 2017). "NJ Towns Consolidation Champion Genovese on Independent Guv Bid: 'I Felt Compelled to Run'". InsiderNJ. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b Parker-Magyar, Alex (April 25, 2017). "Genovese seeks property tax revolution through gubernatorial campaign". Echoes-Sentinel. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b Muscavage, Nick (April 19, 2017). "Former Long Hill mayor announces bid for governor". Gannett Co. Inc. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b Magyar, Mark J. (April 30, 2014). "Profile: The Woman Who Wants To End NJ's 'Multiple Municipal Madness'". NJ Spotlight. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  5. ^ Edozien, Frankie (July 4, 2006). "The power of mayors". The Advocate. Here Media Inc.
  6. ^ "Gina Genovese elected as Long Hill mayor". New Jersey Hills. New Jersey Hills Media Group. January 11, 2006.
  7. ^ Capone, Sally (October 18, 2007). "Genovese hopes to make history against Kean". Echoes-Sentinel. p. 9.
  8. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election Archived 2012-08-22 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 14, 2017.
  9. ^ "U. S. Electoral College 2008 Election - Certificates". Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  10. ^ Pérez-Peña, Richard (November 26, 2010). "New Jersey's Tiniest Towns Fight Push to Merge". New York Times. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Board of Directors". Courage to Connect NJ.
  12. ^ Knapp, Krystal (November 8, 2011). "Princeton "Trailblazers" Vote to Unite". Planet Princeton. Princeton Community Media. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  13. ^ Limanov, Nicolas (October 31, 2015). "New Jersey Taxpayers' Association Presents Taxpayer Advocate Awards". Parsippany Focus. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  14. ^ "2017 Insider 100 Policymakers" (PDF). InsiderNJ. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  15. ^ Pizarro, Max (25 July 2017). "Independent Guv Candidate Genovese to Run with Veteran Operative Derel Stroud". Insider NJ. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  16. ^ Leip, Dave. "2017 Gubernatorial General Election Results - New Jersey". US Election Atlas. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  17. ^ Corasaniti, Nick (June 6, 2017). "Phil Murphy and Kim Guadagno Win Primaries in New Jersey Governor's Race". New York Times. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  18. ^ "About Gina Genovese". Gina4NJGovernor. Retrieved 14 June 2017.

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