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Shelley Lovett
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Candidate for
New Jersey General Assembly District 4
Bachelor'sWilliam Paterson College
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Shelley Lovett was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 4 of the New Jersey General Assembly. She previously ran for the seat in 2011.

Lovett serves as a council member of the Gloucester Township Council. She earned her B.A. in elementary education from William Paterson College.


Campaign themes

In an interview with the Gloucester County Times, Lovett listed her top priorities:

  • "It is important to make job creation a priority in New Jersey. This can be accomplished by first creating a better business climate through fiscal discipline, reducing red tape and providing incentives for businesses to stay or relocate to New Jersey. We must work toward alleviating our over-reliance on property taxes to fund government. New Jersey must be made more affordable for families and seniors through smaller, less costly government and a pro-business environment. I also support full funding of education. My goal is to provide our children with the tools needed to compete in a global economy, and our teachers need the resources to achieve these goals. We need to make available an educated work force through public education to help companies and businesses thrive."[1]

     (For responses from all the candidates, see the full story here.)



See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Lovett ran in a special election for New Jersey Assembly District 4. She was defeated by incumbent Gabriela Mosquera on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 4, Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGabriela Mosquera 60.6% 55,027
     Republican Shelley Lovett 39.4% 35,835
Total Votes 90,862


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Lovett was a candidate for District 4 of the New Jersey General Assembly. She was defeated in the November 8 general election. Lovett and Agnes Gardiner ran unopposed in the June 7 primary. Paul Moriarty and Gabriela Mosquera ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Tony Celeste was also running as an Independent in the general election.[5]

Following the primary, Gardiner withdrew from the race, citing personal reasons. Patricia Fratticcioli will replace her.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly District 4 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Moriarty Incumbent 30% 22,734
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGabriela Mosquera 28.3% 21,461
     Republican Shelley Lovett 19.9% 15,106
     Republican Tony Celeste 19.4% 14,725
     Independent 2.4% 1,843
Total Votes 75,869


With redistricting moving Republican incumbent Domenick DiCicco to the 3rd District, NJ Spotlight has identified the 4th as a potential place for the GOP to lose a seat in the Assembly.[7]

Court challenge

Lovett has launched a court challenge, saying Mosquera did not meet New Jersey's residency requirements and thus is ineligible to represent the 4th District. The New Jersey Superior Court will take up the case on December 19, 2011.

Mosquera disqualified

On January 5, a superior court judge ruled that Gabriela Mosquera was not qualified for 2011 ballot. Specifically, the judge found that Mosquera had not resided in the district for at least one year prior to her election. The judge did decide to let local Democrats select an interim replacement. Lovett had asked the judge to allow the local GOP to make the choice since the seat was last held by a Republican. A special election will be held next November to select a permanent member. Mosquera plans to appeal the decision.[8]


Lovett and her husband, Ron, have three children.

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