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Vincent Polistina
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New Jersey General Assembly District 2
Former member
In office
2008 - 2012
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolAbsegami High School
Bachelor'sRutgers University
Personal
ProfessionOwner, Polistina and Associates, L.L.C., Municipal Engineer
CandidateVerification
Vincent Polistina is a former Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 2 from 2008 to 2012. While in office, Polistina served as Deputy Minority Leader. Polistina announced his decision to run for the District 2 State Senate seat on February 2, 2011. He was defeated in the general election by Incumbent Jim Whelan (D).[1]

Polistina previously served as a member of the Atlantic County Republican Campaign Committee and as Chair of the Atlantic County Republican Finance Committee.

Biography

Polistina earned his B.S. in Bio-environmental Engineering from Rutgers University in 1993. His professional experience includes being the owner of Polistina and Associates, an engineering firm founded by Vince in 2003.[2]

Committee assignments

Issues


Assemblyman Polistina discusses A3148

Campaign themes

Polistina and John Amodeo listed these issues on their campaign page:[3]

  • Eliminate wasteful spending and cut taxes - "John and Vince will continue to work to eliminate wasteful spending, end the state’s reliance on debt and stop all of the one-year budget gimmicks so that real tax relief can be provided to our families."
  • Protect current jobs and create new ones - "The casinos are the economic engine that drives our region. We need to protect those jobs while using casino tax revenue to reinvest in our local economy. We must give businesses the incentive to locate here and bring new jobs to Atlantic County."
  • Lead the fight for reform - "Two years ago, John and Vince campaigned against business as usual in Trenton. And now they are leading by example. They haven’t accepted taxpayer-financed health care for their part-time Assembly positions and have voluntarily cut their own office budgets and staff—saving taxpayers over a quarter of a million dollars!"

  • A2014 Establishes Vacancy Review Board in the Department of Personnel to review continued need for positions in Executive Branch that become vacant.
  • A3780 Reduces compensation afforded members of Legislature by 20%.
  • ACR223 Proposes amendment to State Constitution to limit General Assembly members to five successive terms and Senate members to three successive terms.[4]

2nd District debate

On September 15, the District 2 Senate candidates took part in a debate sponsored by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and The Press of Atlantic City.

  • The full, hour-long debate can be found here.
  • The Assembly candidates' debate can be found here.

Elections

2011

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Polistina ran in the 2011 election for New Jersey Senate District 2. He ran unopposed in the primary on June 7, 2011. He was defeated by incumbent Jim Whelan (D) in the general election, which took place on November 8, 2011. Lorenzo Langford (I) was a candidate for the seat but withdrew on September 20.[5]

New Jersey State Senate District 2 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Whelan Incumbent 53.4% 24,075
     Republican Vincent Polistina 46.6% 20,997
Total Votes 45,072

Speculation

Asbury Park Press

District 2 was one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two were Districts 14 and 38. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cited a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argued APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 2 was roughly 9,200 (down from 11,000).[6]

NJ Spotlight

With assembly incumbent Polistina (R) choosing to run for the State Senate, NJ Spotlight identified District 2 as a potential place for the GOP to lose a seat in the Assembly. Following redistricting, District 2 gained Democratic communities, losing Republican Galloway Township and picking up Democratic Somers Point, Buena and Buena Vista.[7]

Courier Post

On June 7, Lorenzo Langford made the decision to run in the 2011 Senate race as an Independent. In the past, Langford had identified with the Democratic Party, defeating then incumbent mayor Jim Whelan (D) in 2001, Langford's third attempt at unseating him. It was speculated that if Lorenzo remained in the race, Whelan would likely lose. Langford claims that he was a serious candidate stating his extreme dissatisfaction with Senator Whelan's vote on S11 (Atlantic City Tourism District).[8]

Others viewed Langford as a "spoiler" candidate. Whelan's campaign manager, Justin Myers, claimed that Polistina recruited Langford to help split the Democratic vote. Both Langford and Polistina denied working together to adversely affect the election.[8][9]

Langford ultimately decided to withdraw from the race on September 20, 2011. Langford declined to make a formal endorsement but stated his intention to vote for Vincent Polistina (R). Langford also stated his intention to "list the many instances that speak to Jim Whelan’s ineptness as mayor, as well as those occasions when he betrayed Atlantic City residents and sold us out."[10]

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009, general election, Polistina received 30,563 votes (30%), defeating Democrat challengers Reginald Floyd and Jimmy Martinez. He was bracketed with John Amodeo (R).[11] [12]

New Jersey General Assembly General Election, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn F. Amodeo Incumbent 30.3% 33,787
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVincent J. Pollstina Incumbent 29.6% 32,981
     Democratic Jimmy Martinez 20.1% 22,430
     Democratic Reginald Floyd 20% 22,316
Total Votes 111,514

Campaign donors


Vincent Polistina at AFP-NJ Taxpayer Rally, 2008

2011

District 2 tops fundraising

As of October 25, candidates for District 2 have raised $3,762,118--according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This made District 2 number one in fundraising for the year. Candidates for the district spent $3,161,517 of their campaign funds.[13]

2009

Below are Polistina's top five campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[14]

Contributor 2009 total
Electrical Workers Local 351 $8,200
Election Fund Of Alex Decroce $5,500
Biondi, Peter J $5,000
New Jersey Education Association $3,600
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9 $2,500

Endorsements

State leaders pick sides in District 2

In 2011, Polistina's endorsements included the following:

Several powerful state leaders have expressed support for their chosen candidates in District 2. Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D) and Chairman of the state Democratic Committee John Wisniewski (D) have personally endorsed the Democratic ticket in District 2, attending a rally in support of the candidates. The Republican candidates have garnered the support of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), who attended an event for GOP campaign staff in District 2. The visits further highlight the importance of the district in November's election.[15]

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