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Caroline Casagrande
New Jersey General Assembly District 12
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 3
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
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University
J.D.Rutgers School of Law, 2002
Date of birth11/21/1976
Place of birthPoint Pleasant, NJ
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Caroline Casagrande (b. November 21, 1976) is a Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 11. She was first elected to the chamber in 2007. Casagrande formerly represented District 12 from 2008 to 2012. Due to redistricting, she ran for District 11 in the November 8, 2011 election.


Casagrande earned her B.A. in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1999 and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law. Her professional experience includes working as a partner with Menna Supko & Casagrande, an associate with Cleary Afieri Jones & Hoyle and as a law clerk with Honorable Robert W. O'Hagan. [1]

Committee assignments

2010-2012 committees:


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]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Casagrande won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 11. Casagrande was bracketed with Mary Pat Angelini. She was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. She and incumbent Mary Pat Angelini (R) defeated Edward Zipprich (D) and Kevin McMillan (D) in the general election which took place on November 5, 2013.[4] [5]


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

Since the Republican candidates won 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]


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


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 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

Comprehensive donor information for Casagrande is available dating back to 2007. Based on available campaign finance records, Casagrande raised a total of $576,321 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 16, 2013.[12]

Caroline Casagrande's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 11 Won $304,744
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 12 Won $97,880
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 12 Won $173,697
Grand Total Raised $576,321


Casagrande won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Casagrande raised a total of $304,744.


Casagrande won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Casagrande raised a total of $97,880.


Casagrande won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Casagrande raised a total of $173,697.


Presidential preference


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

Caroline Casagrande endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [13]


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

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