New Jersey Senate, 2018-19 Term
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New Jersey Senate, 2018%E2%80%9319 Term
218th New Jersey Legislature
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New Jersey State House Northern Panorama, 2012
Legislative bodyNew Jersey Legislature
JurisdictionNew Jersey, United States
TermJanuary 9, 2018 - January 14, 2020
New Jersey Senate
PresidentStephen M. Sweeney
Minority LeaderThomas Kean Jr.
Party controlDemocratic Party
New Jersey General Assembly
SpeakerCraig Coughlin
Minority LeaderJon Bramnick
Party controlDemocratic Party

The 218th New Jersey Legislature began on January 9, 2018 following the 2017 Elections. The session started in the end of Chris Christie's governorship and continued in the first two years of Phil Murphy's governorship.


The elections were held on November 7, 2017 alongside the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial election. Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor. In the elections for Senate republicans lost a net gain of one seat[1] while in the Assembly elections republicans lost a net gain of two.[2] In the only state senate election of 2019 incumbent Democratic Senator Bob Andrzejczak lost re-election to Republican Mike Testa.[3]

Party composition


New Jersey General Assembly partisan breakdown
Affiliation Members
  Democratic Party 54
  Republican Party 26
Total 80


Partisan breakdown of the New Jersey Senate
Affiliation Members
  Democratic Party 25
  Republican Party 15
Total 40



Position Name District
President of the Senate Stephen M. Sweeney District 3
Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg District 37
President pro tempore Teresa Ruiz District 29
Deputy Majority Leaders Sandra Bolden Cunningham
Paul Sarlo
District 31
District 36
Assistant Majority Leaders James Beach
Linda R. Greenstein
District 6
District 14
Majority Conference Leader Robert M. Gordon District 38
Majority Whip
Minority Leader Thomas Kean Jr. District 21
Deputy Minority Leader Robert Singer District 30
Minority Conference Leader Steve Oroho District 24
Deputy Minority Conference Leader Chris A. Brown District 2
Minority Whip Joseph Pennacchio District 26
Deputy Minority Whip Kristin Corrado District 40
Republican Budget Officer Anthony Bucco District 25


Democratic Leadership Republican Leadership



Senators for the 2018-19 legislative session are:[4][5][6]

District Name Party Residence First served
District 1 Mike Testa Rep Vineland 2019?
District 2 Chris A. Brown Rep Ventnor City 2018
District 3 Stephen M. Sweeney Dem West Deptford Township 2002
District 4 Fred H. Madden Dem Washington Township (Gloucester) 2004
District 5 Nilsa Cruz-Perez Dem Barrington 2014+
District 6 James Beach Dem Voorhees Township 2009+
District 7 Troy Singleton Dem Palmyra 2018
District 8 Dawn Marie Addiego Dem1 Evesham Township 2010+
District 9 Christopher J. Connors Rep Lacey Township 2008
District 10 James W. Holzapfel Rep Toms River 2012
District 11 Vin Gopal Dem Long Branch 2018
District 12 Samuel D. Thompson Rep Old Bridge Township 2012
District 13 Declan O'Scanlon Rep Little Silver 2018
District 14 Linda R. Greenstein Dem Plainsboro Township 2010?
District 15 Shirley Turner Dem Lawrence Township (Mercer) 1998
District 16 Christopher Bateman Rep Branchburg 2008
District 17 Bob Smith Dem Piscataway 2002
District 18 Patrick J. Diegnan Dem South Plainfield 2016+
District 19 Joe Vitale Dem Woodbridge Township 1998
District 20 Joseph Cryan Dem Union Township (Union) 2018
District 21 Thomas Kean Jr. Rep Westfield 2003+
District 22 Nicholas Scutari Dem Linden 2004
District 23 Michael J. Doherty Rep Washington Township (Warren) 2009?
District 24 Steve Oroho Rep Franklin 2008
District 25 Tony Bucco Rep Boonton Township 2019+
District 26 Joseph Pennacchio Rep Montville 2008
District 27 Richard Codey Dem Roseland 1982
District 28 Ronald Rice Dem Newark 1986?
District 29 Teresa Ruiz Dem Newark 2008
District 30 Robert Singer Rep Lakewood Township 1993+
District 31 Sandra Bolden Cunningham Dem Jersey City 2007+
District 32 Nicholas Sacco Dem North Bergen 1994
District 33 Brian P. Stack Dem Union City 2008
District 34 Nia Gill Dem Montclair 2002
District 35 Nellie Pou Dem North Haledon 2012
District 36 Paul Sarlo Dem Wood-Ridge 2003+
District 37 Loretta Weinberg Dem Teaneck 2005+
District 38 Joseph Lagana Dem Paramus 2018+
District 39 Gerald Cardinale Rep Demarest 1982
District 40 Kristin Corrado Rep Totowa 2017+

+ First appointed to the seat
? Elected in a special election
1 Addiego had served as a Republican prior to 2019

Former members from this term

District Name Party Residence First served Left office Cause Replaced by
38 Robert M. Gordon Dem Fair Lawn 2008 April 4, 2018 Appointed to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities[7][8] Joseph Lagana
1 Jeff Van Drew Dennis Township January 2, 2019 Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives[9][10] Bob Andrzejczak
25 Anthony Bucco Rep Boonton 1998 September 16, 2019 Death (heart attack)[11] Tony Bucco
1 Bob Andrzejczak Dem Middle Township 2019+ December 5, 2019 Appointee defeated in special election for completion of unexpired term[12] Mike Testa

Committees and Committee Chairs, 2018-2019 Legislative Session

Committee chairs are: (All are Democrats)[13]

Committee Name of Committee Chair
Budget and Appropriations Paul Sarlo
Commerce Nellie Pou
Community and Urban Affairs Troy Singleton
Economic Growth Nilsa Cruz-Perez
Education Teresa Ruiz
Environment and Energy Bob Smith
Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Joe Vitale
Higher Education Sandra Bolden Cunningham
Judiciary Nicholas Scutari
Labor Fred H. Madden
Law and Public Safety Linda R. Greenstein
Legislative Oversight Brian P. Stack
Military and Veterans' Affairs Vin Gopal
Select Committee on Economic Growth Strategies Bob Smith
Select Committee on NJ Transit Steve Sweeney
State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation James Beach
Transportation Patrick J. Diegnan


The Assembly has 80 members, two for each district. Membership of the General Assembly is as follows:[14][15]

District Name Party Residence First served
District 1 R. Bruce Land Dem Vineland 2016
Matthew W. Milam Dem 2019[A 1][A 2]
District 2 John Armato Dem Buena Vista Township 2018
Vince Mazzeo Dem Northfield 2014
District 3 John J. Burzichelli Dem Paulsboro 2002
Adam Taliaferro Dem Woolwich Township 2015[A 1]
District 4 Paul Moriarty Dem Washington Township (Gloucester) 2006
Gabriela Mosquera Dem Gloucester Township 2012[A 1]
District 5 Patricia Egan Jones Dem Barrington 2015[A 1]
William Spearman Dem Camden 2018[A 1]
District 6 Louis Greenwald Dem Voorhees Township 1996
Pamela Rosen Lampitt Dem Cherry Hill 2006
District 7 Herb Conaway Dem Delanco Township 1998
Carol A. Murphy Dem Mount Laurel 2018
District 8 Joe Howarth Rep Evesham Township 2016
Ryan Peters Rep Hainesport Township 2018
District 9 DiAnne Gove Rep Long Beach Township 2009[A 1]
Brian E. Rumpf Rep Little Egg Harbor 2003[A 1]
District 10 Gregory P. McGuckin Rep Toms River 2012
David W. Wolfe Rep Brick Township 1992
District 11 Joann Downey Dem Freehold Township 2016
Eric Houghtaling Dem Neptune Township 2016
District 12 Robert D. Clifton Rep Matawan 2012
Ronald S. Dancer Rep Plumsted Township 2002[A 1]
District 13 Serena DiMaso Rep Holmdel Township 2018
Amy Handlin Rep Middletown Township 2006
District 14 Daniel R. Benson Dem Hamilton Township (Mercer) 2011[A 1]
Wayne DeAngelo Dem 2008
District 15 Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Dem Trenton 2018[A 1]
Anthony Verrelli Dem Hopewell Township (Mercer) 2018[A 1]
District 16 Roy Freiman Dem Hillsborough Township 2018
Andrew Zwicker Dem South Brunswick 2016
District 17 Joseph Danielsen Dem Franklin Township (Somerset) 2014[A 1]
Joseph V. Egan Dem New Brunswick 2002
District 18 Robert Karabinchak Dem Edison 2016[A 1]
Nancy Pinkin Dem East Brunswick 2014
District 19 Craig Coughlin Dem Woodbridge Township 2010
Yvonne Lopez Dem Perth Amboy 2018
District 20 Jamel Holley Dem Roselle 2015[A 1]
Annette Quijano Dem Elizabeth 2008[A 1]
District 21 Jon Bramnick Rep Westfield 2003[A 1]
Nancy Munoz Rep Summit 2009[A 1]
District 22 Linda Carter Dem Plainfield 2018[A 1]
James J. Kennedy Dem Rahway 2016
District 23 John DiMaio Rep Hackettstown 2009[A 1]
Erik Peterson Rep Franklin Township (Hunterdon) 2009[A 1]
District 24 Parker Space Rep Wantage Township 2013[A 1]
Harold J. Wirths Rep Hardyston Township 2018
District 25 Michael Patrick Carroll Rep Morris Township 1996
Aura K. Dunn Rep Mendham Borough 2019[A 1]
District 26 BettyLou DeCroce Rep Parsippany-Troy Hills 2012[A 1]
Jay Webber Rep Morris Plains 2008
District 27 Mila Jasey Dem South Orange 2007[A 1]
John F. McKeon Dem West Orange 2002
District 28 Ralph R. Caputo Dem Bloomfield 2008[A 3]
Cleopatra Tucker Dem Newark 2008
District 29 Eliana Pintor Marin Dem 2013[A 1]
Shanique Speight Dem 2018
District 30 Sean T. Kean Rep Wall Township 2012[A 4]
Ned Thomson Rep 2017[A 1]
District 31 Nicholas Chiaravalloti Dem Bayonne 2016
Angela V. McKnight Dem Jersey City 2016
District 32 Angelica M. Jimenez Dem West New York 2012
Pedro Mejia Dem Secaucus 2018[A 1]
District 33 Annette Chaparro Dem Hoboken 2016
Raj Mukherji Dem Jersey City 2014
District 34 Thomas P. Giblin Dem Montclair 2006
Britnee Timberlake Dem East Orange 2018[A 1]
District 35 Shavonda E. Sumter Dem Paterson 2012
Benjie Wimberly Dem 2012
District 36 Clinton Calabrese Dem Cliffside Park 2018[A 1]
Gary Schaer Dem Passaic 2006
District 37 Valerie Huttle Dem Englewood 2006
Gordon M. Johnson Dem 2002
District 38 Lisa Swain Dem Fair Lawn 2018[A 1]
Chris Tully Dem Bergenfield 2018[A 1]
District 39 Robert Auth Rep Old Tappan 2010
Holly Schepisi Rep River Vale 2012
District 40 Christopher DePhillips Rep Wyckoff 2018
Kevin J. Rooney Rep 2016[A 1]

Former members from this term

District Name Party Residence First served Left office Cause Replaced by
District 34 Sheila Oliver Dem East Orange 2004 January 9, 2018 Took office as Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey[16][17] Britnee Timberlake
District 15 Elizabeth Maher Muoio Pennington 2015[A 1] January 15, 2018 Appointed State Treasurer of New Jersey[18][19] Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
District 36 Marlene Caride Ridgefield 2012 January 16, 2018 Appointed Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance[20][21] Clinton Calabrese
District 32 Vincent Prieto Secaucus 2004[A 1] February 26, 2018 Resigned to become President and CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority[22] Pedro Mejia
District 38 Joseph Lagana Paramus 2014 April 12, 2018 Appointed to the District's Senate seat[23] Lisa Swain
Chris Tully
Tim Eustace Maywood 2012 April 13, 2018 Resigned to become Deputy Director of the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission[24]
District 22 Jerry Green Plainfield 1992 April 18, 2018 Death (long illness)[25][26] Linda Carter
District 5 Arthur Barclay Camden 2016 June 18, 2018 Resigned following arrest for simple assault[27] William Spearman
District 15 Reed Gusciora Trenton 1996 June 30, 2018 Elected Mayor of Trenton[28][29] Anthony Verrelli
District 1 Bob Andrzejczak Middle Township 2013[A 1] January 14, 2019 Appointed to the District's Senate seat[30] Matthew W. Milam
District 25 Tony Bucco Rep Boonton Township 2010 October 24, 2019 Appointed to the District's Senate seat[31] Aura K. Dunn

Committees and Committee Chairs, 2018-2019 Legislative Session

Committee chairs are: (All are Democrats)[32]

Committee Name of Committee Chair
Agriculture and Natural Resources Eric Houghtaling
Appropriations John Burzichelli
Budget Eliana Pintor Marin
Commerce and Economic Development Gordon M. Johnson
Consumer Affairs Paul Moriarty
Education Pamela R. Lampitt
Environment and Solid Waste Nancy Pinkin
Financial Institutions and Insurance John F. McKeon
Health and Senior Services Herb Conaway
Higher Education Mila Jasey
Homeland Security and State Preparedness Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Housing and Community Development Benjie Wimberly
Human Services Joann Downey
Judiciary Annette Quijano
Labor Joseph V. Egan
Law and Public Safety Adam Taliaferro
Military and Veterans' Affairs Cleopatra Tucker
Oversight, Reform and Federal Relations Joseph Danielsen
Regulated Professions Thomas Giblin
Science, Innovation and Technology Andrew Zwicker
State and Local Government Vincent Mazzeo
Telecommunications and Utilities Wayne DeAngelo
Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Ralph Caputo
Transportation and Independent Authorities Daniel R. Benson
Women and Children Gabriela Mosquera



District Original Party Period of vacancy Appointee Party of Appointee Winner of Special Election Winner's Party
38th Robert M. Gordon Democratic Party April 4, 2018 - April 12, 2018 Joseph Lagana Democratic Party Joseph Lagana[33] Democratic Party
1st Jeff Van Drew Democratic Party December 31, 2018 - January 15, 2019 Bob Andrzejczak[34] Democratic Party Mike Testa Republican Party
25th Anthony Bucco Republican Party September 16, 2019 - October 25, 2019 Tony Bucco Republican Party TBD TBD


District Original Party Period of vacancy Appointee Party of Appointee Winner of Special Election Winner's Party
34th Sheila Oliver Democratic Party January 9, 2018 - January 29, 2018 Britnee Timberlake Democratic Party Britnee Timberlake Democratic Party
15th Elizabeth Maher Muoio Democratic Party January 15, 2018 - February 15, 2018 Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Democratic Party Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Democratic Party
36th Marlene Caride Democratic Party January 16, 2018 - February 8, 2018 Clinton Calabrese Democratic Party Clinton Calabrese Democratic Party
32nd Vincent Prieto Democratic Party February 26, 2018 - April 12, 2018 Pedro Mejia Democratic Party Pedro Mejia Democratic Party
38th Joseph Lagana Democratic Party April 12, 2018 - May 24, 2018 Lisa Swain Democratic Party Lisa Swain Democratic Party
38th Tim Eustace Democratic Party April 13, 2018 - May 24, 2018 Chris Tully Democratic Party Chris Tully Democratic Party
22nd Jerry Green Democratic Party April 18, 2018 - May 24, 2018 Linda Carter Democratic Party Linda Carter Democratic Party
5th Arthur Barclay Democratic Party June 18, 2018 - June 30, 2018 William Spearman Democratic Party William Spearman Democratic Party
15th Reed Gusciora Democratic Party July 1, 2018 - August 5, 2018 Anthony Verrelli Democratic Party Anthony Verrelli Democratic Party
1st Bob Andrzejczak Democratic Party January 14, 2019 - February 1, 2019 Matthew Milam Democratic Party No special Election will be held No special Election will be held
25th Tony Bucco Republican Party October 25, 2019 - November 25, 2019 Aura K. Dunn Republican Party TBD TBD


Governor Phil Murphy
Former Governor Chris Christie

Outgoing Governor Chris Christie delivered is last State of the State on January 9, 2018. He touted his legacy as Governor, such as his response to Hurricane Sandy, among other things.[35] On January 15, 2019 Governor Phil Murphy gave his first State of the State Address. In his address he called on the legislature to raise the minimum wage from $8 to $15, legalize recreational marijuana, and to act on tax reform. He also touted his achievements in his first year such as raising income taxes on people making more than $5 million a year, beginning to make community college tuition free, increasing funding to Planned Parenthood, and tighter gun laws.[36] Again on March 5, 2019 Murphy addressed the Legislature to deliver his budget address. In the address he called for universal pre-k, eliminating tuition for community college, a millionaires tax, and increased spending. Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin said they are opposed to Murphy's proposed tax increases.[37] On June 20, 2019 the Assembly and Senate passed a budget without Murphy's millionaires tax. In the Senate, seven republicans, Declan O'Scanlon, Kip Bateman, Tom Kean, Kristin Corrado, Bob Singer, and Sam Thompson, voted for the budget.[38] Murphy line-item vetoed the budget.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai First appointed to the seat
  2. ^ Previously served in the Assembly from 2008-2013
  3. ^ Previously served in the Assembly as a Republican from 1968-1972
  4. ^ Previously served in the Assembly from 2002-2008


  1. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-state-senate.pdf" (PDF). Secretary of State for New Jersey. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). Secretary of State for New Jersey. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Testa to join senate next week". Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Unofficial List Candidates for State Senate For General Election 11/07/2017 Election Archived 2017-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey Department of State, November 8, 2017. Accessed November 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Melisurgo, Len. "Updated election results: N.J. Senate and Assembly races 2017", NJ Advance Media for, November 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Tate, Curtis (April 5, 2018). "Gov. Phil Murphy appoints Sen. Bob Gordon to NJ utility watchdog". Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "BOB GORDON GETS CONFIRMED FOR BPU SEAT". New Jersey Credit Union League. April 16, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ Gallo, Bill, Jr. (November 6, 2018). "N.J. Election 2018: Jeff Van Drew wins House seat for Democrats, beats Seth Grossman". Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Contento, Nina (January 2, 2019). "Former State Senator Jeff Van Drew Prepares for Washington, D.C." SNJ Today. Archived from the original on January 3, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Ortiz, Keldy; Westhoven, William (September 16, 2019). "New Jersey state Sen. Anthony Bucco dies of a heart attack". Daily Record. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ Smith, Joseph P. (December 5, 2019). "Vineland's Michael Testa sworn in at New Jersey Senate". The Daily Journal. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ New Jersey Legislature Committees and Membership 2018-2019 Legislative Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 11, 2018.
  14. ^ Unofficial List Candidates for General Assembly For General Election 11/07/2017 Election, New Jersey Department of State, November 8, 2017. Accessed November 12, 2017.
  15. ^ Melisurgo, Len. "Updated election results: N.J. Senate and Assembly races 2017", NJ Advance Media for, November 12, 2017.
  16. ^ "New Jersey Legislative Digest for January 9, 2018". Office of Legislative Services. January 11, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ O'Dea, Colleen (January 10, 2018). "Who's Who, Who's New, And Who's Blue In 218th Legislative Session". NJ Spotlight. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ Curran, Phillip Sean. "Assemblywoman Muoio resigns, creating vacancy in legislature",, January 17, 2018. "State Assemblywoman Liz Muoio, a Democrat who represented parts of Mercer and Hunterdon counties since 2015, resigned her seat to join the Murphy administration, thus creating a vacancy that many Democrats want to fill.... But she submitted her resignation to the Assembly clerk on Friday to become acting state Treasurer until she gets confirmed by the Democrat-controlled state Senate. Her resignation took effect at the end of business Monday, according to an aide. She also left her job as the Mercer County director of economic development."
  19. ^ Reitmeyer, John (April 13, 2018). "SENATE APPROVES MUOIO FOR STATE TREASURER, ONLY SECOND WOMAN TO GET THE NOD". NJ Spotlight. Retrieved 2018.
  20. ^ Blosfield, Elizabeth (February 14, 2018). "Caride Named Acting Commissioner of N.J. Department of Banking and Insurance". Insurance Journal. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ Racioppi, Dustin (June 7, 2018). "Senate confirms six of Gov. Phil Murphy's Cabinet picks". Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ Johnson, Brent (February 15, 2018). "Ex-Assembly speaker Prieto lands $280K job as head of N.J. sports authority". Retrieved 2018.
  23. ^ Van Vliet, John (April 4, 2018). "Assemblyman Joseph Lagana to Succeed Senator Bob Gordon in the 38th District". TAPinto. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ Kanzler, Kaitlyn (April 12, 2018). "Tim Eustace to become deputy director of North Jersey District Water Supply Commission". Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ Grzella, Paul C. (April 19, 2018). "Assemblyman Jerry Green of Plainfield has died". Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ Pizarro, Max (April 19, 2018). "Rest in Peace, Assemblyman and Union County Democratic Chairman Jerry Green of Plainfield". Insider NJ. Retrieved 2018.
  27. ^ Trethan, Phaedra (June 18, 2018). "Assemblyman Arthur Barclay resigns after arrest for simple assault". Courier-Post. Retrieved 2018.
  28. ^ Foster, David (June 12, 2018). "Assemblyman Reed Gusciora becomes Trenton's first openly gay mayor in historic win". The Trentonian. Retrieved 2018.
  29. ^ Abdur-Rahman, Sulaiman (July 26, 2018). "Mercer Freeholder Verrelli wins appointment to Gusciora's vacant Assembly seat". The Trentonian. Retrieved 2018.
  30. ^ Franklin, Chris (January 7, 2019). "It's a game of musical chairs in 1st Legislative district after Van Drew heads to Washington". Retrieved 2019.
  31. ^ Kausch, Katie (October 24, 2019). "Bucco Sworn In To Late Father's Senate Seat". Patch. Retrieved 2019.
  32. ^ New Jersey Legislature Committees and Membership 2018-2019 Legislative Session - Assembly Committees, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 13, 2018.
  33. ^ "New Jersey Election Results". New York Times. Retrieved 2019.
  34. ^ "Andrzejczak to Fill 1st District Senate Vacancy Today". Insider NJ. January 15, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  35. ^ "In final State of the State, Christie proud of a record 'of consequence'". Retrieved 2019.
  36. ^ "Murphy takes aim at business tax credits in State of State". Retrieved 2019.
  37. ^ "Phil Murphy delivers NJ budget speech reliant on millionaires tax". Retrieved 2019.
  38. ^ "Senate passes budget 31-6". New Jersey Globe. Retrieved 2019.

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