Nelson Albano

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Nelson Albano
New Jersey General Assembly District 1
Former Member
In office
2006 - 2014
Deputy Majority Conference Leader
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth03/11/1954
ProfessionShop Steward
Campaign website
Nelson T. Albano (b. March 4, 1954) is a former Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 1 from 2006 to 2014. Albano previously served as Deputy Majority Conference Leader from 2012 to 2013.

Albano was defeated in his 2013 re-election bid. His seat was filled by Republican Sam Fiocchi.


Albano attended Sacred Heart High School in Vineland and received his Journeymanship in electrical trades from Cumberland County Technical School. His professional experience includes working as shop steward at Village Supermarkets in Vineland and membership in the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Committee assignments



Assemblyman Albano discussing illegal beach dumping

  • A4033 Penalizes certain activities; prohibits holding more than one elective public office; addresses activities during and after elective public office; restricts campaign contribution use; restricts certain benefits; regulates gifts to public officials.
  • A3516 Prohibits businesses that outsource jobs overseas from receiving State contracts or grants; prohibits investment of State funds in such businesses.
  • A2983 Revises animal cruelty offenses concerning abuse, abandonment, neglect, and improper euthanizing of animals, increases criminal and civil penalties therefore; establishes such penalties for new offenses; repeals conflicting sections of law.
  • A2517 The "New Jersey Homeownership Preservation Act."

Campaign themes


On their shared campaign website, Albano, Bob Andrzejczak and Sen. Jeff Van Drew listed five major themes of their campaign:[1]

  • Protect South Jersey jobs and grow our state economy
Excerpt: "Nelson and Matt are working to help small business owners by eliminating exorbitant fees, cutting red tape and providing other incentives."
  • Cap state spending and relieve the burden on hardworking taxpayers
Excerpt: "Families across New Jersey are tightening their belts to live within their means—and it’s time state government did the same. Nelson and Matt support a state spending cap because they don’t want to see our tax dollars going toward wasteful pet projects."
  • Prohibit politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists
Excerpt: "Nelson and Matt are neighbors, community leaders and small business owners—not career politicians. That’s why they support legislation that prohibits politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists. Working alongside Jeff Van Drew, they are advocating for tougher election laws to keep corruption out of our state government."
  • Bring home South Jersey’s fair share of state resources and money
Excerpt: "...Nelson and Matt are a powerful voice making sure we get our fair share of state resources. They’ve secured funding for tourism, open space preservation and economic development and will continue to advocate for critical projects, such as additional tourism funding to support the local economy in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties."
  • Improve access to affordable health care and prescription drugs
Excerpt: "Health care is a right, not a privilege—and tough economic times should not mean our children, families and seniors are denied they quality care they deserve.


On Wednesday, October 21, the District 1 legislative candidates took part in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters.



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Albano ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 1. Albano was bracketed with Bob Andrzejczak. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He was defeated by Samuel Fiocchi (R) and incumbent Bob Andrzejczak (D) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[2][3][4][5]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 1 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Andrzejczak Incumbent 27.2% 29,958
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel Fiocchi 25% 27,539
     Democratic Nelson Albano 24.2% 26,611
     Republican Kristine Gabor 23.5% 25,903
Total Votes 110,011


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Albano won re-election in 2011. He was bracketed with incumbent Matthew Milam in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They won unopposed in the primary. They then defeated Suzanne Walters (R) and Samuel Fiocchi (R) in the November 8 general election.[6][7]

New Jersey General Assembly District 1 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNelson Albano Incumbent 27.9% 24,794
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Milam Incumbent 25% 22,207
     Republican Samuel Fiocchi 23.8% 21,156
     Republican Suzanne Walters 23.4% 20,810
Total Votes 88,967


PolitickerNJ noted that District 1 appeared to have Republican leanings--on paper. However, strong historical support for Senator Jeff Van Drew (D) called the predictive power of these figures into question. However, NJSpotlight noted that Republicans seemed to be focused on reclaiming the district's assembly seats. Nevertheless, redistricting weakened the Republican base in District 1.[8][9]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Running for re-election in the 2009 general election, Albano defeated challengers Michael Donohue (R) and John A. McCann (R). He was bracketed with Matthew Milam.[10]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, First Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nelson Albano (D) 32,375
Green check mark transparent.png Matthew Milam (D) 29,810
Michael J. Donohue (R) 27,705
John A. McCann (R) 26,778

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Albano is available dating back to 2005. Based on available campaign finance records, Albano raised a total of $95,040 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 14, 2013.[11]

Nelson Albano's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 1 Won $95,040
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 1 Won $0
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 1 Won $0
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 1 Won $0
Grand Total Raised $95,040


Albano won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Albano raised a total of $95,040.


Albano won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Albano raised a total of $0.


Albano won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Albano raised a total of $0.


Albano won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Albano raised a total of $0.



In 2013, Albano’s endorsements included the following:[12]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO


Labor unions

On August 4, the New Jersey AFL-CIO voted to deny 22 Democrats, most notably Senators Stephen Sweeney and Donald Norcross, their endorsement in the 2011 general election. Earlier that year, those Democrats crossed the aisle and voted in favor of preventing public employee unions from collectively bargaining for health benefits and pensions--a move that was opposed by state labor unions.[9]

The Four Assembly Democrats (also union officials) who voted against the revocation of bargaining rights-- Albano, Wayne DeAngelo, Thomas Giblin and Joseph Egan-- all received endorsements on August 4.[9]


Albano is married to Debra. Albano's 19-year-old son was killed by a drunk driver in 2001, inspiring Albano to seek public office.

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