TRENTON – The number of dual elected office-holding legislators in New Jersey has dwindled to four in the four and a half years since the state legislature outlawed dual office holding, in the process grandfathering in 20 of their own.
Some voluntarily gave up their seats while others were forced to step down following criminal indictments. But, alas, four remain.
Here’s a look at what became of the 20. The names in Bold still hold their second (and third) job.
1. Brian Stack (D-Union City) – Mayor, Union City
Stack, who earns $16,000 for his role as mayor, is slated to hold the seat until it expires in 2014.
2. Nick Sacco (D-North Bergen) – Mayor, North Bergen
Despite being Gov. Chris Christie’s poster boy for duel-office holding officials in the state, the triple-dipper shows little signs of giving up one of his three public positions, which pay him a combined $298,725 annual salary (not including his reported 445 unused sick days worth $331,970.) The state lawmaker, mayor and assistant school superintendent will likely be a continued talking point at Christie’s town halls.
3. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) – Mayor, Wood-Ridge
The deputy majority leader picked up another term as Wood-Ridge’s mayor this year. Sarlo, who’s collecting nearly $5,000 a year for the seat, is slated to hold the position until the term expires in 2015.
4. Robert Singer (R-Lakewood) – Mayor/Committeeman, Lakewood
Singer walked away from his municipal position in 2010. The unanswered question at the time was whether or not pressure from Gov. Chris Christie, who has been highly critical of dual-office holding, played a role in his decision.
5. Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) – Freeholder, Gloucester County
The Senate president walked away from the board in 2010.
6. Dana Redd (D-Camden) – Mayor, Camden
The Camden mayor’s former Senate seat is currently being held by Sen. Donald Norcross (D-Camden).
7. Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) – Council president, Passaic
Schaer recently faced two elections in the same year and said he planned to make a decision on which to campaign for after having a look at the redistricting map. Currently, Schaer serves as the deputy speaker in the lower chamber and the council president in the city of Passaic – where he earns $26,560 a year.
8. John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro) – Mayor, Paulsboro
Burzichelli served as mayor for 15 years and 363-and-a-half days, coming in just shy of his father’s 16-year record of being the longest serving mayor, according to the assemblyman. The nearly 16 years was enough for him, and still kept his father’s name in the record books.
9. Ralph Caputo (D-Belleville) – Freeholder, Essex County
The former freeholder said in 2010 he planned to walk away from one of his elected positions, but was waiting to see a redrawn legislative map before making a commitment. Assemblyman Caputo apparently ditched the freeholder seat in favor of representing District 28 in the Assembly.
10. Anthony Chiappone (D-Bayonne) – Councilman, Bayonne
Chiappone lost his council seat, a mayoral campaign, his Assembly seat, and some of his freedom in a matter of months after he was sentenced in 2010 to a year of probation for theft by deception.
11. Gary Chiusano (R-Franklin) – Freeholder, Sussex County
Chiusano and fellow Republican Assemblyman Scott Rumana were the only two double-jobbers to voluntarily resign their second posts as soon as the law took effect, even though they were grandfathered in.
12. Ronald Dancer (R-Plumsted Township) – Mayor, Plumsted Township
Dancer, like his district-mate Singer, opted not to run for re-election for his municipal seat.
13. Joseph Egan (D-New Brunswick) – Councilman, New Brunswick
Egan walked away from his council seat in 2010 after serving nearly two decades.
14. Elease Evans (D-Paterson) – Freeholder, Passaic County
Evans stepped down from the freeholder board in 2008 after serving as freeholder director for three years.
15. John McKeon (D-West Orange) – Mayor, West Orange
McKeon ceded his mayor’s seat in 2010.
16. Paul Moriarty (D-Washington Township) – Mayor, Washington Township
The former Washington Township mayor vacated his municipal seat in 2008 and continues to serve in the state Assembly. Currently, the lawmaker has his hands full as he’s fighting a charge alleging he drove while intoxicated.
17. Ruben Ramos (D-Hoboken) – Councilman, Hoboken
The deputy majority whip gave up his council seat.
18. Scott Rumana (R-Wayne) – Mayor, Wayne
Like Chiusano, Rumana voluntarily resigned his municipal seat after the new law took effect.
19. Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean Township) – Mayor, Ocean Township
Van Pelt’s double-jobbing took a hit after the former lawmaker was convicted in a bribery scheme in 2010. He was one of two assemblymen arrested as part of Operation Bid Rig.
20. Joseph Vas (D-Perth Amboy) – Mayor, Perth Amboy
The former double dipper lost a bid for mayor in 2008 and later gave up his Assembly seat after being indicted on corruption charges. Last year, Vas was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison.
Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.Read More >
Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...
By ASLON GOOW, SR. I have spent the past three decades raising a family, building a business, and working to improve our Paterson communities. I am proud of those accomplishments. In 2002, I spoke at an expungement... Read More >
"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop- PolitickerNJ.com
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.