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Samuel Fiocchi
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New Jersey General Assembly, District 1
Incumbent
In office
2014-present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Freeholder, Cumberland County, New Jersey
2011-present
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Samuel L. Fiocchi is a Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2013.[1]

Biography

Fiocchi is a Cumberland County Freeholder. He ran a family irrigation business for 37 years prior to his retirement in 2009. He is the owner of Belvedere Properties, a Partner in KLS Investments and a Partner in Fratelli Holdings. He also worked on Governor Chris Christie's transition team.[2]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Human Services
Regulatory Oversight
Telecommunications and Utilities

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

On their shared campaign website, Fiocchi and Kristine Gabor listed the following as their top campaign issues:[3]

  • Create Jobs
Excerpt: "We’ll use our combination of private sector experience in small business, marketing, tourism and agriculture, to revitalize the local economy and create the good-paying jobs our residents need and deserve. We’ll do it by reducing taxes and streamlining burdensome regulations that stop local businesses from growing and that discourage new ones from settling here."
  • Lower Property Taxes
Excerpt: "Governor Christie’s bi-partisan passage of the 2% property tax cap and pension-benefit reforms were an important first step to ending our standing as the highest taxed state in the nation. We credit people on both sides of the aisle who voted to pass it. We will work with Governor Christie to enact these reforms right away. Politics should no longer get in the way of providing comprehensive property tax relief to our residents."
  • Combat Crime
Excerpt: "We will work with members of the law enforcement community to put more police in our business districts, neighborhoods and schools. We will continue to oppose the expansion of the Cumberland County prison system, like the hastily arranged, backroom deal hatched by incumbent politicians to add to the 10,000 inmates already housed there – which will have an adverse affect on our crime rate and our communities."
  • Improve Education
Excerpt: "We support many of the reforms championed by Governor Christie and leading Democrats like opportunity scholarships, an expansion of charter schools, tenure reform and rewarding the very best teachers with higher pay. In addition, we support expanded educational opportunities for students who would prefer technical career training that readies them to enter the competitive job market of the 21st Century should they choose not to pursue college."

2011

On their 2011 campaign site, the District 1 Republicans detailed their "7 Point Plan." The following is an overview of that plan:

  1. No Additional Taxes.
  2. Cap the Number of Bills that Legislators can Sponsor or Co-Sponsor.
  3. Impose a Hard Cap on State Spending and Pay As You Go.
  4. Direct Contact with Constituents.
  5. Provide Constituents with Accessible Information on Every Vote Cast.
  6. Empower Local Governments to Save Money.
  7. Return to a Part Time Legislature.

Debate

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

  • Video of the debate can be found here.

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Fiocchi won election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 1. Fiocchi was bracketed with Kristine Gabor. He was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. He and incumbent Bob Andrzejczak (D) defeated incumbent Nelson Albano (D) and Kristine Gabor (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

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

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Samuel Fiocchi was a candidate for District 1 of the New Jersey General Assembly. He was bracketed with Suzanne Walters in the primary. Fiocchi and Walters defeated Peter Boyce and Paul Halley in the Republican primary on June 7. Fiocchi was defeated by Nelson Albano (D) and Matthew Milam (D) in the general election.[8]

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

Speculation

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 the 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.[9][10]

Campaign donors

2011

District 1 ranks eighth in fundraising

As of October 25, candidates for District 1 raised $ 1,302,937--according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This made District 1 number eight in fundraising for the 2011 election season. Candidates for the district had spent $1,149,273 of their campaign funds.[11]

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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.

Endorsements

2011

Fiocchi was endorsed by:

Personal

Fiocchi has two children and one grandchild.

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