John Amodeo

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John Amodeo
New Jersey General Assembly District 2
Former Member
In office
2008 - 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMount Saint Mary's College
Date of birthAugust 1, 1950
Place of birthCamden, NJ
ProfessionCrane Operator, Operating Engineers Local 825
John F. Amodeo (b. August 1, 1950) is a former Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 2 from 2008 to 2014. He previously served as Deputy Minority Leader and as Assistant Minority Whip.

Amodeo was defeated in his 2013 re-election bid. His seat was filled by Democrat Vincent Mazzeo.

Amodeo previously served as a member of the Linwood Planning Board from 2004 to 2005 and as a council-member on the Linwood City Council from 1998 to 2005.


Amodeo earned his B.A. in History and Political Science from Mount Saint Mary's College. His professional experience includes working as a Licensed Operating Engineer from 1973 to 2009 and as a Crane Operator for Operating Engineers Local #825 from 1973 to 1998.[1]

Committee assignments


  • A2648 Limits State appointment or employment of members of Legislature for two years after completion of legislative service.
  • A3604 Requires Attorney General to seize campaign funds of convicted candidates; prohibits convicted criminal offenders from making contributions to candidates and committees.
  • A3446 "'Invest in New Jersey First' Act;" requires preference in awarding certain contracts for critical infrastructure projects.
  • ACR223 Proposes amendment to State Constitution to limit General Assembly members to five successive terms and Senate members to three successive terms.[2]


In the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test Amodeo outlined his top priorities:

  • Address budget problems by cutting identified wasteful spending and use the savings for sustainable property tax relief
  • Make it harder for our elected officials to raise and create taxes by requiring a two-thirds super-majority vote before any taxes can be raised
  • Encourage economic development in District 2 Atlantic County and the preservation of our district's greatest resources; the beaches, tourism, and the casinos.[3]

2nd District debate

On September 15, the District 2 Assembly candidates took part in a debate sponsored by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and The Press of Atlantic City.

  • The full, hour-long debate can be found here.
  • The Senate candidates' debate can be found here.



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Amodeo ran for re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 2. Amodeo was bracketed with Chris Brown. He was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. He was defeated by incumbent Chris Brown (R) and Vincent Mazzeo (D) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 2 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Brown Incumbent 25.6% 26,020
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Mazzeo 24.8% 25,164
     Republican John Amodeo Incumbent 24.7% 25,124
     Democratic Nick Russo 23.5% 23,900
     Independent Gary Stein 1.4% 1,388
Total Votes 101,596


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Amodeo won re-election in 2011. He was bracketed with Chris Brown in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They were unopposed in the Republican primary. They then defeated Alisa Cooper (D) and Damon Tyner (D) in the November 8 general election.[8]

New Jersey General Assembly District 2 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Amodeo Incumbent 29.2% 25,330
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Brown 27.1% 23,440
     Democratic Alisa Cooper 20.7% 17,933
     Democratic Damon Tyner 23% 19,919
Total Votes 86,622


Asbury Park Press

District 2 was one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two were Districts 14 and 38. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cite a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argues APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 2 was roughly 9,200 (down from 11,000).[9]

NJ Spotlight

When assembly incumbent Vincent Polistina (R) chose to run for the State Senate, NJ Spotlight identified District 2 as a potential place for the GOP to lose a seat in the Assembly. Following redistricting, District 2 gained Democratic communities, losing Republican Galloway Township and picking up Democratic Somers Point, Buena and Buena Vista.[10]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009, general election, Amodeo defeated challengers Reginald Floyd (D) and Jimmy Martinez (D). He was bracketed with Vincent Polistina (R).[11][12]

New Jersey General Assembly General Election, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn F. Amodeo Incumbent 30.3% 33,787
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVincent J. Pollstina Incumbent 29.6% 32,981
     Democratic Jimmy Martinez 20.1% 22,430
     Democratic Reginald Floyd 20% 22,316
Total Votes 111,514

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Amodeo is available dating back to 2007. Based on available campaign finance records, Amodeo raised a total of $1,016,336 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[13]

John Amodeo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 2 Won $620,348
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 2 Won $198,967
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 2 Won $197,021
Grand Total Raised $1,016,336


Amodeo won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Amodeo raised a total of $620,348.


Amodeo won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Amodeo raised a total of $198,967.


Amodeo won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Amodeo raised a total of $197,021.



In 2013, Amodeo’s endorsements included the following:[14]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Amodeo endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [15]


State leaders pick sides in District 2

Several powerful state leaders have expressed support for their chosen candidates in District 2. Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D) and Chairman of the state Democratic Committee John Wisniewski (D) have personally endorsed the Democratic ticket in District 2, attending a rally in support of the candidates. The Republican candidates have garnered the support of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), who attended an event for GOP campaign staff in District 2. The visits further highlighted the importance of the district in November's election.[16]


Amadeo and his wife, Luann, have two children.

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  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography of John Amodeo," accessed December 17, 2014
  2. New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Amodeo - Issue Positions," accessed December 17, 2014
  4. New Jersey Department of Elections, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
  5. New Jersey Department of State, "Official general election candidates," September 9, 2013
  6. Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
  7. New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 6, 2013
  8. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
  9. Asbury Park Press, "Race for Legislature is on," September 23, 2011
  10. NJ Spotlight, "Election 2011: Where the Republicans Can Pick Up Assembly Seats," April 12, 2011
  11. Associated Press, "General Election Results, November 4, 2009," accessed April 10, 2014
  12. New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2009 New Jersey Assembly General Election Results," accessed April 10, 2014
  13., "Amodeo, John," accessed August 14, 2013
  14., "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013
  15. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Support of New Jersey Leaders," April 11, 2014(Archived)
  16. Press of Atlantic City, "Top New Jersey Democrats rally for 2nd District candidates," October 10, 2011