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John J. Burzichelli (born November 14, 1954) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since January 8, 2002, where he represents the 3rd Legislative District. He has been the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly since January 10, 2006.

John Burzichelli
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 3rd District
Assumed office
January 8, 2002
Serving with Adam Taliaferro
Preceded byGary Stuhltrager
Deputy Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly
Assumed office
January 10, 2006
LeaderJoseph J. Roberts
Sheila Oliver
Vincent Prieto
Craig Coughlin
Preceded byHerb Conaway
Chairman of the New Jersey General Assembly Appropriations Committee
Assumed office
January 10, 2012
Preceded byNellie Pou
Chairman of the New Jersey General Assembly Gaming Committee
In office
January 8, 2008 – January 10, 2012
Mayor of Paulsboro, New Jersey
In office
January 1, 1996 – December 31, 2011
Preceded byJames A. Sabetta
Succeeded byJeffery Hamilton
Personal details
Born (1954-11-14) November 14, 1954 (age 64)
Political partyDemocratic
ResidencePaulsboro, New Jersey
WebsiteLegislative Website

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New Jersey AssemblyEdit

Burzichelli was the Assistant Majority Leader during the 2004-05 session and has been the Assembly's Deputy Speaker since 2006. Burzichelli had been the Mayor of Paulsboro from 1996 until 2011. From 2002 until 2011, he served as both mayor and Assemblyman which was allowed in New Jersey until 2007 when dual mandates were banned. Burzichelli was grandfathered under the law passed and allowed to continue serve in both posts until he stepped down from the mayoral post in 2011.[1] He was president of Paulsboro Chamber of Commerce and a member of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Executive Board.[2] In the 2011 apportionment based on the results of the 2010 United States Census, Republican Domenick DiCicco was moved from the 4th Legislative District into District 3. Burzichelli (with 25,172 votes) and Celeste Riley (23,960) won re-election, defeating DiCicco (20,268) and his running mate Bob Villare (20,528).[3] DiCicco's loss made his seat the only gain by the Democrats in the Assembly in the 2011 election cycle.[4] In December 2016, Burzichelli was one of several Catholic elected officials who supported legislation legalizing assisted suicide, saying that state residents should be able to make their own decisions on a matter that "is about choice".[5] In 2019 the Assisted Suicide bill passed the legislature.

Committee AssignmentsEdit

  • Tourism and Gaming [6]
  • Budget
  • Homeland Security and State Preparedness
  • Appropriations
  • Joint Budget Oversight
  • Legislative Services Commission

Personal lifeEdit

Burzichelli is a long-time resident of Paulsboro. His father, John D. Burzichelli also served as mayor of the borough. He is a 1972 graduate of Paulsboro High School.[7] Burzichelli makes a brief cameo in Kevin Smith's film Jersey Girl, parts of which were filmed in Paulsboro. He is owner / producer / distributor of Hill Studio & Scenic.[2] He is as a former movie producer and wrestling promoter. He owns a number of antique fire engines using them for both business (Hill Studio) and pleasure and is a member of the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade. He also owns the remnants of the Ward LaFrance a now-defunct fire engine manufacturer. Several of his antique fire engines are Ward LaFrance models of varying years. Burzichelli co-authored the book Ward LaFrance Fire Trucks: 1918-1978 Photo Archive. One of his fire trucks, formerly owned by Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, is displayed on the cover. He is one of the founding members of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Paulsboro and a former President of the Greater Paulsboro Chamber of Commerce. Burzichelli is the co-host of the show Eye on Paulsboro which has been on cable for over 25 years.[8]

District 3Edit

New Jersey's 3rd Legislative District comprises of parts of Gloucester County, Salem County, and Cumberland County. The representatives from the 3rd District to the 218th New Jersey Legislature are:[9]

Electoral HistoryEdit

AssemblyEdit

2019 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 3rd Legislative District[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Burzichelli (Incumbent)
Democratic Adam Taliaferro (Incumbent)
Republican Edward Durr
Republican Beth Sawyer
Total votes
2017 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 3rd Legislative District[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Burzichelli (Incumbent) 31,853 30.3   1.8
Democratic Adam Taliaferro (Incumbent) 30,733 29.2   2.1
Republican Philip J. Donohue 21,758 20.7   1.6
Republican Linwood H. Donelson III 20,181 19.2   1.2
One for All Edward R. Durr 589 0.6 N/A
Total votes 105,114 100.0
2015 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 3rd Legislative District[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Burzichelli (Incumbent) 20,507 28.5   0.5
Democratic Adam Taliaferro (Incumbent) 19,480 27.1   0.2
Republican Samuel J. Maccarone Jr. 16,063 22.3   0.3
Republican Leroy P. Pierce III 14,715 20.4   2.0
The People's Voice John Kalnas 1,223 1.7 N/A
Total votes 71,988 100.0
2013 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 3rd Legislative District[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Burzichelli (Incumbent) 31,049 28.0   0.0
Democratic Celeste Riley (Incumbent) 29,870 26.9   0.3
Republican Larry Wallace 25,094 22.6   0.2
Republican Bob Vanderslice 24,823 22.4   0.1
Total votes 110,836 100.0
2011 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 3rd Legislative District[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Burzichelli (Incumbent) 25,172 28.0
Democratic Celeste Riley (Incumbent) 23,960 26.6
Republican Bob Villare 20,528 22.8
Republican Domenick DiCicco (Incumbent) 20,268 22.5
Total votes 89,928 100.0
2009 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 3rd Legislative District[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Burzichelli (Incumbent) 35,423 28.3   1.2
Democratic Celeste Riley (Incumbent) 31,888 25.5   3.8
Republican Robert Villare 30,526 24.4   5.4
Republican Lee Lucas 27,316 21.8   3.4
Total votes 125,153 100.0
2007 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 3rd Legislative District[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Burzichelli (Incumbent) 30,222 29.5   0.1
Democratic Douglas H. Fisher (Incumbent) 30,078 29.3   0.2
Republican Phil Donohue 19,534 19.0   1.2
Republican Jeffrey Stepler 18,927 18.4   1.1
Green Margie MacWilliams 2,078 2.0 N/A
Green Charles Woodrow 1,755 1.7 N/A
Total votes 102,594 100.0
2005 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 3rd Legislative District[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Burzichelli (Incumbent) 35,339 29.6   4.3
Democratic Douglas H. Fisher (Incumbent) 35,265 29.5   4.1
Republican Phillip S. Rhudy 24,140 20.2   3.2
Republican James W. Zee III 23,297 19.5   3.0
Constitution John Leone 1,535 1.3 N/A
Total votes 119,576 100.0
2019 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 3rd Legislative District[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Douglas H. Fisher (Incumbent) 27,178 25.4   2.7
Democratic John Burzichelli (Incumbent) 27,110 25.3   1.3
Republican Susan Bestwick 25,056 23.4   0.6
Republican Douglas Sorantino 24,069 22.5   0.0
Green Peggy Murphy 1,951 1.8 N/A
Green Charles Woodrow 1,627 1.5 N/A
Total votes 106,991 100.0
2001 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 3rd Legislative District[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Douglas H. Fisher (Incumbent) 31,886 28.1
Democratic John Burzichelli (Incumbent) 30,213 26.6
Republican Michael H. Facemyer 25,823 22.8
Republican Harold U. Johnson 25,509 22.5
Total votes 113,431 100.0
1999 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 3rd Legislative District[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jack Collins (Incumbent) 28,609 31.0   5.3
Republican Gary Stuhltrager (Incumbent) 24,573 26.6   7.5
Democratic John Burzichelli 20,658 22.4   1.6
Democratic Ron Brittin 15,440 16.7   15.4
Conservative Jan McFetridge 1,599 1.7   2.0
Conservative Bob McFetridge 1,333 1.4   2.5
Total votes 92,212 100.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ via Associated Press. "N.J. Lawmakers keep double dipping", WPVI-TV, March 4, 2008. Accessed June 4, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Assemblyman Burzichelli's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for General Assembly For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 6, 2011. Accessed April 27, 2017.
  4. ^ Staff. "N.J. legislative elections results: Democrats fend off GOP funding, Christie campaigning", The Star-Ledger, November 9, 2011. Accessed December 12, 2011. "The Democrats' sole gain came thanks to redistricting. Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco (R-Gloucester), the only Republican to win a Democrat-held seat two years ago, was shifted into a district with two Democratic incumbents and immediately faced an uphill battle to stay in the Legislature."
  5. ^ Alex, Patricia. "Catholic lawmakers support assisted suicide despite faith", The Record (Bergen County), December 13, 2016. Accessed July 15, 2019. "'I don’t view the Catholic Church as an adversary,' said Assemblyman John Burzichelli, who sponsored the assisted suicide bill. Burzichelli is a Catholic but says the church opposition didn’t give him pause as he gathered input on the legislation. 'This is about choice,' he said."
  6. ^ "Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (D)". Wayback Machine. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  7. ^ Pensiero, Nicole (October 21, 1990). "Paulsboro Puts Its Pride On Line". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 28, 2015. Burzichelli, son of Paulsboro Mayor John D. Burzichelli, is one such believer. A 1972 graduate of Paulsboro High School, he knows his community well and is unflinching in his willingness to discuss the town's problems as well as its strengths.
  8. ^ Home page, 5OnTheWeb.com. Accessed January 16, 2014.
  9. ^ Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 25, 2016.
  10. ^ "NJ General Assembly 03". Our Campaigns. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  12. ^ "2015-official-ge-results-nj-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  13. ^ "2011-official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-results-121411.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  14. ^ "2013-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  15. ^ "2009-official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-tallies-120109.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  16. ^ "2007-official-general-election-tallies(ga)-12.12.07.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  17. ^ "05831236.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  18. ^ "2003g_a_candidate_tally.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  19. ^ "2001-general-elect-gen-assembly-tallies.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  20. ^ "1999-general-elect-gen-assembly-candidate-tallies.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 30 March 2019.

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New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Gary Stuhltrager
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 3rd District
January 8, 2002 – present
With: Douglas H. Fisher, Celeste Riley, Adam Taliaferro
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
James A. Sabetta
Mayor of Paulsboro, New Jersey
January 1, 1996 – December 31, 2011
Succeeded by
W. Jeffery Hamilton