Ralph Caputo

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Ralph Caputo
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New Jersey General Assembly District 28
Incumbent
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
State Assembly Deputy Majority Whip
2014-present
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBloomfield College
Master'sSeton Hall University
Personal
Birthday10/31/1940
ProfessionLegislator
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Ralph R. Caputo is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007. He currently serves as Deputy Majority Whip.

He served as Vice President and District 5 Representative of the Essex County Board of Freeholders from 2003 to 2011.

Biography

Caputo earned his B.A. in History/Education from Bloomfield College, his Graduate Certification (Supervisor) in Education from Kean University (then Newark State College) and his M.A. in Educational Administration from Seton Hall University. His professional experience includes working as Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Orange Board of Education from 1981 to 1983, as Assistant Superintendent of the Essex County Vocation Schools in 1977 and as Assistant Essex County Superintendent of Schools in 1975.[1]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Caputo served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Tourism and Gaming, Chair
Education

2010-2012

In the 2010-2012 legislative session, Caputo served on the following committees:

Issues

  • A2937 Requires public schools to include instruction on caffeine-related health issues as part of the Core Curriculum Content Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education.
  • A3813 Requires criminal history record check of school district volunteers.
  • A2522 Permits exemption from mandatory immunization for students in writing for any reason.
  • A4072 Prohibits certain sales of alcoholic beverages within 1,000 feet of schools or religious institutions.[2]

Pensions

Double dipping is a term used to describe the practice of allowing government employees to "retire," start collecting a pension and then return to work for the state while continuing to receive pension benefits. It is currently permitted in New Jersey. Banning or limiting double dipping is among the proposals in New Jersey to reduce the state pension obligation. Two companion bills, S601 and A860, were introduced in the 2012-2013 legislative session. As of December 2014 neither has reached the floor for a vote. In July 2013 New Jersey Watchdog published an article focusing on double dipping by New Jersey state legislators. The report identified 18 state lawmakers who receive retirement checks totaling $782,000 a year in addition to their legislative salaries. The roster includes leaders of each party in both the Senate and Assembly.[3]
Caputo was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, Caputo receives a $11,628 pension per year. The employer at retirement was Essex County.[3]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Caputo won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 28. Caputo was bracketed with Cleopatra G. Tucker. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He and incumbent Cleopatra G. Tucker (D) defeated James Boydston (R) and Peter S. Manning (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 28 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Caputo Incumbent 38.9% 26,221
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCleopatra G. Tucker Incumbent 38.4% 25,869
     Republican Peter S. Manning 11.7% 7,875
     Republican James Boydston 11.1% 7,452
Total Votes 67,417

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Caputo won re-election in 2011. He and incumbent Cleopatra Tucker were bracketed together and defeated Michael Frazzano in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Carol Humphreys and David Pinckney in the November 8 general election.[8]

Following redistricting, Caputo moved his residence from Belleville to Nutley in order to be able to run again in the 28th District.[9]

New Jersey General Assembly District 28 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCleopatra Tucker Incumbent 38.2% 14,002
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Caputo Incumbent 37.6% 13,786
     Republican Carol Humphreys 12.6% 4,607
     Republican David Pinckney 11.6% 4,258
Total Votes 36,653

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009, general election, Caputo received 25,480 votes (40%), defeating Republican challengers Herbert Glenn and Andrew Bloschak.[10] He was bracketed with Cleopatra Tucker. [11]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Twenty-Eighth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Cleopatra G. Tucker (D) 25,975
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph R. Caputo (D) 25,172
Herbert Glenn (R) 6,477
Andrew Bloschak (R) 6,053

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Caputo is available dating back to 2007. Based on available campaign finance records, Caputo raised a total of $451,312 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 27, 2013.[12]

Ralph Caputo's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 28 Won $202,786
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 28 Won $127,731
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 28 Won $120,795
Grand Total Raised $451,312

2011

Caputo won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Caputo raised a total of $202,786.

2009

Caputo won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Caputo raised a total of $127,731.

2007

Caputo won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Caputo raised a total of $120,795.

Scorecards

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2014-2015

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

2012-2013

In 2012, the 215th New Jersey State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 10 to January 9, 2013. In 2013, the 215th New Jersey State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 10 to January 13, 2014.

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  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Caputo’s endorsements included the following:[13] [14]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey

2011

In 2011, Caputo’s endorsements included the following:[15]

Personal

Caputo and his wife, Celeste, have two adult sons: Gregory and Gerard.

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