|New Jersey General Assembly District 3|
|2009 - January 2015|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Appointed||March 7, 2009|
|Date of birth||February 4, 1960|
|Place of birth||Cumberland County, NJ|
|Profession||Teacher, Morris Goodwin Elementary School|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Endorsements
- 8 Personal
- 9 Additional reading
- 10 Recent news
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
Riley served as a member of the Bridgeton City Council from 2006-2009.
Riley earned her B.A. in Music from LaSalle University and her M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher at the Morris Goodwin Elementary School in Greenwich Township.
At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Riley served on the following committees:
|New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014|
|• Higher Education, Chair|
|• Agriculture and Natural Resources|
|• Regulated Professions|
In the 2010-2012 legislative session, Riley served on the following committees:
|New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2010|
|• Agriculture and Natural Resources, Vice-Chair|
|• Housing and Local Government|
- A3722 Establishes pilot program in Gloucester County, transferring municipal tax assessment function to county through appointment of a county assessor and deputy county assessors.
- A3882 Upgrades possession of child pornography to a crime of the third degree; provides for parole supervision for life for production and transmission of child pornography.
On their shared campaign website, Celeste Riley and John Burzichelli list the following five major campaign themes:
- Protect South Jersey jobs
- Excerpt: "John and Celeste are investing in local small businesses to protect jobs and grow South Jersey’s economy. John and Celeste are working to help small business owners by eliminating exorbitant fees, cutting red tape and providing other incentives."
- Bring home our fair share of state resources
- Excerpt: "With all the taxes we pay, South Jersey deserves more than budget leftovers. John and Celeste are a powerful voice making sure we get our fair share of state resources."
- Cap state spending
- Excerpt: "John and Celeste will push for zero-based budgeting, forcing bureaucrats to prove the merit of every dollar they want to spend."
- Improve access to affordable health care
- Excerpt: "..keep insurance affordable by reducing premium costs and lowering administrative expenses. They increased funding for local hospitals, and are committed to ensuring seniors living on fixed incomes can afford need prescription drugs."
- Prohibit politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists
- Excerpt: "John and Celeste are neighbors and community leaders—not career politicians. That’s why they support legislation that prohibits politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists. They are advocating for tougher election laws to keep corruption out of our state government."
Riley won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 3. Riley was bracketed with John J. Burzichelli. She was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. She and incumbent John J. Burzichelli (D) defeated Larry Wallace (R) and Bob Vanderslice (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.
Riley won re-election in 2011. She and incumbent John Burzichelli ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Domenick DiCicco and Bob Villare in the November 8 general election.
NJ Spotlight identified District 3 as a potential place for the GOP to pickup a seat in the Assembly. Following redistricting, District 4 Republican incumbent Domenick DiCicco was moved into District 3. He ran with Bob Villare, who came within 1,300 votes of defeating Celeste Riley in 2009.
|New Jersey Assembly General Election, Third Legislative District (2009)|
|John J. Burzichelli (D)||35,423|
|Celeste M. Riley (D)||31,888|
|Robert Villare (R)||30,526|
|Lee Lucas (R)||27,316|
Comprehensive donor information for Riley is available dating back to 2009. Based on available campaign finance records, Riley raised a total of $236,084 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.
|Celeste Riley's Campaign Contribution History|
|2011||New Jersey General Assembly, District 3||$157,036|
|2009||New Jersey General Assembly, District 3||$79,048|
|Grand Total Raised||$236,084|
2011Riley New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Riley raised a total of $157,036.
|New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Celeste Riley's campaign in 2011|
|Sweeney Burzichelli & Riley Bracket||$24,600|
|Federici & Akin||$2,600|
|Architects & Associates||$2,500|
|Remington & Vernick Engineers||$2,500|
|Timothy, Mcbrearty J||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$157,036|
|Source: Follow the Money|
2009Riley won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Riley raised a total of $79,048.
|New Jersey General Assembly 2009 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Celeste Riley's campaign in 2009|
|Sweeney Wallace & Dimarco for Freeholder||$8,200|
|New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters||$8,200|
|Electrical Workers Local 351||$8,200|
|New Jersey Education Association||$4,500|
|Remington & Vernick Engineers||$2,600|
|Total Raised in 2009||$79,048|
|Source: Follow the Money|
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In 2014, the 216th New Jersey State Legislature will be in session from January 14 through January 1, 2016.
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.
- New Jersey Environmental Federation: Legislative Scorecard 2010-2013
- Legislators are scored on environment and conservation issues.
- Americans for Prosperity: Taxpayer Scorecard, 215th Legislative Session
- Legislators are scored on their votes on key fiscal legislation affecting the state's economy.
- New Jersey League of Conservation Voters: 2013 Legislative Environmental Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on their votes concerning the protection of the environment.
- New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance: 2013 Taxpayer Legislative Scorecards
- The American Conservative Union: 2012 Legislative scorecard
- Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
- The American Conservative Union: 2013 Legislative scorecard
- Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
- The New Jersey AFL-CIO
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey
Riley and her husband, Richard Dawson, have two children and three step-children.
- NJSpotlight, "Candidates: Legislative District 3," November 4, 2011
- NJSpotlight, "Legislative District 3," October 17, 2011
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- Riley/Burzichelli Official 2011 campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- NJ Assembly Democrats - Assemblywoman Riley
- Campaign contributions: 2011, 2009
- The Daily Journal, "Ex-Penn State football player replaces Riley in Assembly," accessed January 16, 2015
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 10, 2014
- New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
- New Jersey Department of Elections, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "Official general election candidates," September 9, 2013
- Associated Press, "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 6, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
- NJ Spotlight, "Election 2011: Where the Republicans Can Pick Up Assembly Seats," April 12, 2011
- Associated Press, "General Election Results, November 4, 2009," accessed April 10, 2014
- New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2009 New Jersey Assembly General Election Results," accessed April 10, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Riley, Celeste" accessed August 15, 2013
- PolitickerNJ.com, "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013
- Planned Parenthood NJ "Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey Announces Endorsements in State Elections," accessed September 5, 2013
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