Maureen Vella

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Maureen Vella
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Candidate for
New Jersey General Assembly, District 16
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRutgers University
J.D.Southwestern University School of Law
Maureen Vella is a 2015 Democratic candidate for District 16 of the New Jersey General Assembly.

Vella was a 2011 Democratic candidate for District 16 of the New Jersey State Senate. She was defeated in the general election by Christopher Bateman (R).


Vella graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in English and Sociology and earned her J.D from Southwestern University School of Law. Vella is an attorney, and is the owner of Law Offices of Maureen E. Vella, P.A. She is an Accredited Professional Mediator and Certified Collaborative Lawyer. She is also a teacher of Religious Formation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Three Bridges.



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2015

Elections for the office of New Jersey General Assembly will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on June 2, 2015, and the general election on November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2015.[1] Since the general assembly uses multi-member districts, the top two candidates from each party in the primaries will advance to the general election. Andrew Zwicker and Maureen Vella are bracketed together and are unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Jack Ciattarelli and incumbent Donna Simon are bracketed together and are unopposed in the Republican primary.[2]


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Vella was defeated in the 2011 election for New Jersey Senate District 16. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 7, 2011. Vella was defeated by Republican incumbent Christopher Bateman in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[3]

New Jersey State Senate District 16 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Bateman Incumbent 54.6% 21,040
     Democratic Maureen Vella 45.4% 17,460
Total Votes 38,500

Petition challenge

On April 21, 2011, an Administrative Law Judge ruled in favor of Vella, reversing a previous decision by the Division of Elections to throw out 39 contested signatures. The restoration of these signatures put Vella over the edge of 100 required certification signatures, allowing her to remain on the ballot.[4] Vella was one of two individuals who remained on the ballot after a petition challenge was filed against them. Samuel Torres was the only other candidate to survive a petition challenge.



In 2011, Vella was endorsed by:

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