Carmelo Garcia

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Carmelo Garcia
New Jersey General Assembly, District 33
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSeton Hall University
Master'sStevens Institute of Technology
ProfessionExecutive Director of the Hoboken Housing Authority
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Carmelo G. Garcia is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 33. He was first elected to the chamber in 2013.[1]

Garcia is not running for re-election to the General Assembly in 2015.


Garcia earned his B.A. from Seton Hall University and his master’s degree in Management and Information Systems from Stevens Institute of Technology. His professional experience includes working as the Executive Director of the Hoboken Housing Authority since 2007, as a licensed mortgage banker, as a legislative aide for the County of Hudson Board of Chosen Freeholders and Chief of Staff for the County of Hudson Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1999-2011.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Garcia served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2015
Financial Institutions and Insurance
Human Services
Transportation and Independent Authorities

2014 legislative session

In the 2014 legislative session, Garcia served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Garcia's website highlighted the following issues:[3]

  • Sensible Developing and Affordable Housing
Excerpt: "As communities continue to grow, the need for development is evident. Though, the balance of fair market housing and affordable housing is a fragile balance we must keep in place."
  • Improving The Quality of Life Throughout the 33rd District
Excerpt: "We must be proactive in addressing the issue we face daily that affect our quality of lives. Whether it’s in the realm of Public Safety or other social issues, our constituents must be provided with every tool for them to prosper and live free of harm."



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Garcia won election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 33. Garcia was bracketed with Raj Mukherji and defeated John Hilt IV, Anthony Mills and Peter Basso in the June 4 Democratic primary. He and Raj Mukherji (D) defeated Jude Anthony Tiscornia (R) and Armando Hernandez (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

Garcia was disqualified before the primary by Assignment Judge Peter Bariso for leading an agency that receives federal funds. Garcia appealed the ruling and it was overturned by an appellate court, placing Garcia back on the ballot.[8]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 33 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarmelo Garcia 37.5% 20,681
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRaj Mukherji 34.5% 19,029
     Republican Armando Hernandez 14% 7,737
     Republican Jude Anthony Tiscornia 13.9% 7,691
Total Votes 55,138

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Garcia is available dating back to 2013. Based on available campaign finance records, Garcia raised a total of $36,581 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[9]

Carmelo Garcia's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2013 New Jersey General Assembly, District 33 Won $36,581
Grand Total Raised $36,581


Garcia won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2013. During that election cycle, Garcia raised a total of $36,581.
New Jersey General Assembly 2013 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Carmelo Garcia's campaign in 2013
New Jersey State Laborers$8,200
New Jersey Education Association$3,500
Messina, Marie I$2,600
Hart, Brian T$2,600
Merlo, Robert G$2,600
Total Raised in 2013$36,581
Source: Follow the Money


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In 2014, the 216th New Jersey State Legislature is in session from January 14 through January 1, 2016.


Garcia lives in Hoboken, NJ. Garcia has served on the Hoboken Board of Education since 2002.[10]

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