Caroline Casagrande

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Caroline Casagrande
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New Jersey General Assembly District 12
Incumbent
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly District 12
2008 - 2012
Education
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University
J.D.Rutgers School of Law, 2002
Personal
Birthday11/21/1976
Place of birthPoint Pleasant, NJ
ProfessionLegislator
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Caroline Casagrande (b. November 21, 1976) is a Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 11 since 2012. Casagrande formerly represented District 12 from 2008 to 2012. Due to redistricting, she ran for District 11 in the November 8, 2011 election.

Casagrande received her JD from Rutgers School of Law and BA from Pennsylvania State University. She has worked as a partner with Menna Supko & Casagrande, an associate with Cleary Afieri Jones & Hoyle, and a law clerk with Honorable Robert W. O'Hagan. [1]

Committee assignments

2010-2012 committees:

Issues


Assemblywoman Casagrande discusses the sales tax holiday

  • A2204 Permits use of overseas absentee ballots for all elections; authorizes transmission of ballots by electronic means.
  • A3097 Requires labeling of foods produced from cloned animals.
  • A3150 Provides for mandatory life imprisonment for aggravated sexual assault.
  • A3552 Prohibits persons violating animal cruelty law from owning, keeping, or harboring animals; requires DHSS establish and maintain website list of such persons. [2]

National Political Awareness Test

Casagrande's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. In the test she listed her top priorities as:

  • 1. Cut spending to lower property taxes - Eliminate $2 billion in wasteful government spending and cut property taxes permanently by at lease 20% for every NJ family.
  • 2. Fully fund our schools - Five years of flat funding have driven school property taxes trhough the roof.
  • 3. Pass real ethics reform - The politicians in Trenton failed to deliver reform. Its time to permanently ban politicians from abusing the pension system.[3]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Caroline Casagrande endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Casagrande ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 11. Casagrande is bracketed with Mary Pat Angelini. She was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. She is challenged by Edward Zipprich (D) and Kevin McMillan (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[5]

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Casagrande won re-election in 2011, but for District 11 instead of her current District 12 due to redistricting. Casagrande and incumbent Mary Pat Angelini ran uncontested in the Republican Primary on June 7. They then defeated Kathleen Horgan (D), Vin Gopal (D), and Daniel Jacobson (I) in the November 8 general election.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly District 11 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary Pat Angelini Incumbent 26.4% 18,479
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCaroline Casagrande Incumbent 26.8% 18,739
     Democratic Vin Gopal 22% 15,392
     Democratic Kathleen Horgan 21.5% 15,060
     Independent Daniel Jacobson 3.4% 2,358
Total Votes 70,028

First female legislative team

If the Republican candidates win in the general election, District 11 will feature the state's first all-female legislative team. In addition to Angelini and Casagrande, Jennifer Beck (R) won District 11 the New Jersey State Senate.[7]

Speculation

District 11 was reshaped to become a minority opportunity district. While NJSpotlight predicts a win for the GOP ticket, PolitickerNJ notes that the Asbury Park Press endorsement of Vin Gopal (D) may increase his chances of election. Jennifer Beck (R) and Casagrande were also endorsed--APP declined to endorse Raymond Santiago (D), Kathleen Horgan (D), and Mary Pat Angelini (R). In addition, the Democratic challengers in District 11 have raised over $100,000.[8][9]

2009

Running for re-election in 2009, Casagrande received 41,279 votes (31%), defeating challengers John Amberg, Michelle Roth, and Steven Welzer. She was bracketed with Declan O'Scanlon, Jr..[10][11]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Twelfth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Declan J. O'Scanlon, Jr. (R) 42,932
Green check mark transparent.png Caroline Casagrande (R) 42,662
Michelle Roth (D) 25,891
John Amberg (D) 24,125
Steven Welzer (Gr) 1,635

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Casagrande received $304,744 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[12]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Caroline Casagrande's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Republican Party$56,277
Election Fund Of Assemblyman Dave Rible$8,200
Election Fund Of Alex De Croce$8,000
New Jersey Automobile Dealers Assocation$7,200
Bramnick For Assembly$6,000
Total Raised in 2011 $304,744
Total Votes received in 2011 18,739
Cost of each vote received $16.26

2009

Below are Casagrande's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[13]

Contributor 2009 total
Add Funds Transferred From Prior Campaign $12,759
Biondi, Peter J $5,000
Comcast $3,000
New Jersey Business & Industry Association $2,000
New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association $1,600

Personal

Casagrande and her husband, Stephen Chance, have two sons, Harrison and Teddy.

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