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Marlene Caride (born August 14, 1963) is an American Democratic Party politician, who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2012 to 2018, where she represented the 36th Legislative District. Caride resigned from the Assembly in January 2018 pending her confirmation by the New Jersey Senate to serve as head of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.[1]

Marlene Caride
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 36th district
In office
January 10, 2012 – January 16, 2018
Preceded byKevin J. Ryan
Succeeded byClinton Calabrese
Personal details
Born (1963-08-14) August 14, 1963 (age 56)
Weehawken, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceRidgefield, New Jersey
Alma materFairleigh Dickinson University (B.A.)
California Western School of Law (J.D.)
WebsiteLegislative web page

Caride earned a bachelor's degree in Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was awarded a J.D. degree from the California Western School of Law. She is an attorney who is a partner in private practice with the firm of Gonzalez & Caride. She has served as prosecutor for the Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control of West New York from 2009 to 2012, as an attorney of the town's parking authority from 1995 to 2009, and has been the municipal prosecutor of the Borough of Ridgefield since 2011. In her hometown of Ridgefield, she was a library alternate trustee from 2005-2006 and was an alternate member of the board of health from 2005 to 2007.[2] Caride was born in Weehawken to Cuban immigrant parents on August 14, 1963.[3]

Caride served in the Assembly on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee (as Vice-Chair), the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, the Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation (investigating the Fort Lee lane closure scandal), and the Intergovernmental Relations Commission.[2]

District 36Edit

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 36th District for the 2016–2017 Legislative Session are:[4]

State Department of Banking and Insurance nominationEdit

In December 2017 she was nominated by incoming governor Phil Murphy to head the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, a cabinet-level position; if confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first Hispanic commissioner to fill the position.[5]


  1. ^ New Jersey Legislative Digest for January 29, 2018, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 1, 2018. "Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, of the 36th Legislative District, has resigned."
  2. ^ a b Assemblyman Caride's Legislative Webpage, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed September 25, 2015.
  3. ^ Pizarro, Max (April 6, 2011). "LD 36 hopeful Caride lands Blanco's endorsement at Passaic City Hall". Politicker NJ. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  4. ^ Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed December 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Arco, Matt. "Phil Murphy's latest cabinet pick once again highlights diversity (and opposing Trump)", NJ Advance Media for, December 19, 2017. Accessed December 20, 2017. "The dual qualities were on display again Tuesday when Murphy announced he'll nominate state Assemblywoman Marlene Caride to head the state Department of Banking and Insurance. Caride, D-Bergen, would become the first Hispanic to head the agency that regulates the state's banking, insurance and real estate industries, if she's confirmed by the Democratically controlled state Senate after Murphy takes office Jan. 16."

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New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Kevin J. Ryan
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 36th District
January 10, 2012 – January 16, 2018
With: Gary Schaer
Succeeded by
Clinton Calabrese