Bonnie Watson Coleman
|Bonnie Watson Coleman|
|New Jersey General Assembly District 15|
|1998 - Present|
|Years in position||16|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Thomas Edison State College|
|Place of birth||Camden, NJ|
Prior to her election to the Assembly, she served as assistant commissioner on the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in 1992 and bureau chief in 1980. From 1974-1980 she was the director of the New Jersey Department of Transportation. 
- A375 Raises age requirement of compulsory school attendance from 16 to 18 years old.
- A1558 Requires developers to offer solar energy systems in certain new home construction.
- A1741 Provides for receipt for voter at primary or general election; allows receipt to be proof of eligibility to vote in subsequent election; provides State reimbursement.
- A1774 Raises minimum wage to $8.25, then makes annual adjustments based on CPI increases.
National Political Awareness Test
Coleman's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2005 National Political Awareness Test are available. When asked her top priorities, she stated,
I will continue to advance legislation which promotes the construction of affordable housing, so that we can make New Jersey and affordable place for all income levels.Also, I plan to establish a Task Force on Education Reform for the purpose of looking at the best delivery systems for public education with an objective of finding ways to make it more efficient and cost effective to taxpayers, and consequently, lower property taxes.
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 March 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.
Coleman was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, Coleman receives a $44,724 pension per year. The employer at retirement was Community Affairs.
Coleman ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 15. Coleman is bracketed with Reed Gusciora. She was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. She is challenged by Kim Taylor (R), Anthony Giordano (R), and incumbent Reed Gusciora (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013. 
Coleman won re-election in 2011. Coleman and incumbent Reed Gusciora ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Peter Yull and Kathy Kilcommons in the November 8 general election.
Coleman successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. Bracketed with Reed Gusciora, they defeated Republican challengers Kim Taylor and Werner Graf, as well as Libertarian challengers Daryl Mikell Brooks and Charles Green.
|New Jersey Assembly General Election, Fifteenth Legislative District (2009)|
|Bonnie Watson Coleman (D)||29,713|
|Reed Gusciora (D)||29,215|
|Kim Taylor (R)||15,418|
|Werner Graf (R)||14,781|
In 2011, Coleman received $500,706 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bonnie Watson Coleman's campaign in 2011|
|New Jersey Education Association||$13,200|
|New Jersey State Laborers||$8,200|
|1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East||$8,200|
|Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9||$7,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$500,706|
|Total Votes received in 2011||20,505|
|Cost of each vote received||$24.42|
Below are Coleman's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:
|Add Funds Transferred From Prior Campaign||$268,020|
|New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters||$16,400|
|New Jersey Association Of Realtors||$16,400|
|New Jersey Education Association||$14,200|
|New Jersey Business & Industry Association||$10,700|
Watson Coleman was endorsed by:
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- New Jersey General Assembly - Hon. Bonnie Watson Coleman
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- NJ Assembly Dems - Coleman profile
- State Surge - Legislative and voting track record
- Campaign Contributions: 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 1999, 1997
- Bonnie Watson Coleman on Facebook
- Bonnie Watson Coleman on Twitter
- New Jersey Department of State, Official Primary Results
- New Jersey Department of State, Unofficial general election candidates
- Project Vote Smart - Assemblywoman Coleman
- New Jersey Legislature - Bills by Sponsor
- Project Vote Smart - Assemblywoman Coleman Issue Positions
- New Jersey Watchdog, 18 double-dipping NJ lawmakers block pension reform, July 2013
- New Jersey Department of Elections, "Official Primary Election Results," Accessed July 26, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "Unofficial general election candidates," Accessed August 6, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, 2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List
- Star Ledger 2009 Election Results, November 4, 2009
- Official New Jersey Assembly General Election Results
- Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign contributions
- Politicker NJ, 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011
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