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   |Last election = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011|November 8, 2011]]
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   |Last election = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013|November 5, 2013]]
 
   |Appointed = March 7, 2009
 
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   |Birthday = February 4, 1960
 
   |Place of birth = Cumberland County, NJ
 
   |Place of birth = Cumberland County, NJ
 
   |Profession = Teacher, Morris Goodwin Elementary School
 
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{{TOCnestright}}'''Celeste Riley''' is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[New Jersey General Assembly]], representing the 3rd District.  She was appointed on March 7, 2009, and won re-election in November 2009.
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{{TOCnestright}}'''Celeste M. Riley''' (b. February 4, 1960) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[New Jersey General Assembly]], representing [[New Jersey General Assembly District 3| District 3]].  She was first appointed to the chamber on March 7, 2009.
  
Riley served as a member of the [[sunshinereview:Bridgeton, New Jersey|Bridgeton City Council]] from 2006-2009. She has an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University and a BA in Music from LaSalle University. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher at the Morris Goodwin Elementary School in Greenwich Township.<Ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=111003 Project Vote Smart - Assemblywoman Riley]</ref>
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Riley served as a member of the [[Bridgeton, New Jersey|Bridgeton City Council]] from 2006-2009.  
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==Biography==
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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.<Ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=111003 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Biography," accessed April 10, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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===2014-2015===
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At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Riley served on the following committees:
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{{Committee Assignments
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|year = 2014
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|Chamber = General Assembly
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|Committee1 =Higher Education
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|Chair1=Chair
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|Committee2 = Agriculture and Natural Resources
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|Chair2=
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|Committee3 = Regulated Professions
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|Chair3=
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|Committee4 =
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|Chair4=
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}}
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===2010-2012===
 
===2010-2012===
* [[Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, New Jersey General Assembly|Agriculture and Natural Resources]] (Vice-Chair)
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In the 2010-2012 legislative session, Riley served on the following committees:
* [[Health and Senior Services Committee, New Jersey General Assembly|Health and Senior Services]]
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* [[Housing and Local Government Committee, New Jersey General Assembly|Housing and Local Government]]
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{{Committee Assignments
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|State = New Jersey
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|Collapse=Yes
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|year = 2010
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|Chamber = General Assembly
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|Committee1 =Agriculture and Natural Resources
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|Chair1=Vice-Chair
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|Committee2 =
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|Chair2=Health and Senior Services
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|Committee3 = Housing and Local Government
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|Chair3=
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}}
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
 
===Sponsored legislation===                       
 
===Sponsored legislation===                       
 
*A3722 Establishes pilot program in Gloucester County, transferring municipal tax assessment function to county through appointment of a county assessor and deputy county assessors.
 
*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. <ref>[http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillsBySponsor.asp New Jersey Legislature - Bills by Sponsor]</ref>
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*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.<ref>[http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillsBySponsor.asp ''New Jersey State Legislature,'' "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
 
====2013====
 
====2013====
On their shared campaign website, Riley and Burzichelli list the following five major campaign themes:
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On their shared campaign website, Celeste Riley and [[John Burzichelli]] list the following five major campaign themes:
  
 
*Protect South Jersey jobs
 
*Protect South Jersey jobs
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:Excerpt: "John and Celeste will push for zero-based budgeting, forcing bureaucrats to prove the merit of every dollar they want to spend."
 
: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
 
*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."
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: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
 
*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."
 
: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."
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:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013]]''
  
Riley {{2013isrunning}} in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013|New Jersey General Assembly]] District 3. Riley is bracketed with [[John J. Burzichelli]]. She was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. She is challenged by [[Larry Wallace]] (R) and [[Bob Vanderslice]] (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.<ref>[http://www.co.cumberland.nj.us/elections/2013/primary/ ''Cumberland County Unofficial Primary Results,'' June 4, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.co.gloucester.nj.us/depts/e/supelec/elecinfor/cureleres.asp ''Gloucester County Unofficial Primary Results,'' June 4, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://salemcountyclerk.org/files/119_Primary2013.pdf ''Salem County Unofficial Primary Results,'' June 4, 2013]</ref>
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Riley won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013|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.<ref>[http://nj.gov/state/elections/2013-results/2013-official-primary-results-general-assembly.pdf ''New Jersey Department of Elections'', "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013]</ref><ref name=gencand>[http://nj.gov/state/elections/2013-results/2013-official-general-candidates-general-assembly-0912b.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State'', "Official general election candidates," September 9, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2013/by_state/NJ_Page_1105.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "New Jersey - Summary Vote Results," November 6, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://nj.gov/state/elections/2013-results/2013-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' "2013 Official General Election results," accessed December 6, 2013]</ref>
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{{Election box 2013
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|Chamber= New Jersey General Assembly, District 3 General Election
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|party1= Democratic
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|party2= Democratic
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|party3= Republican
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|party4= Republican
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|party5=
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|party6=
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|winner1=John Burzichelli
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|winner2= Celeste Riley
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|Inc1=Y
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|Inc2=Y
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|votes1 = 31049
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|votes2 = 29870
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|candidate3 = Larry Wallace
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|candidate4= Bob Vanderslice
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|candidate6=
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|votes3= 25094
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|votes4= 24823
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}}
  
 
===2011===
 
===2011===
 
:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011]]''
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.<ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/election-results/official-2011-primary-candidates-gen-assembly-050411.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' 2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/2011-results/2011-official-primary-candidates-gen-assembly-050411.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' "2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014]</ref>
  
 
{{Election box 2011
 
{{Election box 2011
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====Redistricting====
 
====Redistricting====
''NJ Spotlight'' has identified the 3rd District as a potential place for the GOP to pickup a seat in the Assembly.  Following [[Redistricting in New Jersey|redistricting]], 4th District Republican incumbent [[Domenick DiCicco]] was moved into the 3rd district.  He is running with [[Bob Villare]], who came within 1,300 votes of defeating Riley in 2009. <ref>[http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/11/0412/0219/ ''NJ Spotlight,'' "Election 2011: Where the Republicans Can Pick Up Assembly Seats," April 12, 2011]</ref>
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''NJ Spotlight'' identified District 3 as a potential place for the GOP to pickup a seat in the Assembly.  Following [[Redistricting in New Jersey|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.<ref>[http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/11/0412/0219/ ''NJ Spotlight,'' "Election 2011: Where the Republicans Can Pick Up Assembly Seats," April 12, 2011]</ref>
  
 
===2009===
 
===2009===
Running for re-election in the 2009 general election, Riley defeated challengers [[Lee Lucas]] and [[Robert Villare]].  She was bracketed with [[John Burzichelli]].<ref>[http://elections.nj.com/dynamic/files/elections/2009/by_state/NJ_State_Assembly_1103.html?SITE=NJNEWELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Star Ledger'' 2009 Election Results, November 4, 2009]</ref><ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/2009results/09general/official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-tallies-120109.pdf Official New Jersey Assembly General Election Results]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009]]''
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Running for re-election in the 2009 general election, Riley defeated challengers [[Lee Lucas]] and [[Robert Villare]].  She was bracketed with [[John Burzichelli]].<ref>[http://elections.nj.com/dynamic/files/elections/2009/by_state/NJ_State_Assembly_1103.html?SITE=NJNEWELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associate Press,'' "General Election Results, November 4, 2009," accessed April 10, 2014]</ref>
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<ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/election-results/2009-official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-tallies-120109.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' "Official 2009 New Jersey Assembly General Election Results,accessed April 10, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
===2011===
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{{Comprehensive donor history
In 2011, Riley received $157,036 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=NJ&y=2011&f=H Follow the Money - 2011 contributions]</ref>
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|Name = Riley
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|Full name = Celeste Riley
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|year = 2009
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|Editdate = August 15, 2013
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|link =<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=90686 ''followthemoney.org,'' "Riley, Celeste" accessed August 15, 2013]</ref>
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|party = Democratic
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|totalraised2011 = 157036
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|result2011 = Won
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|office2011 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011|New Jersey General Assembly, District 3]]
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|totalraised2009 = 79048
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|result2009 = Won
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|office2009 = [[New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009|New Jersey General Assembly, District 3]]
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}}
  
{{slp donor box 2011
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===2011===
|Chamber = New Jersey General Assembly
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{{SLP donor box 2011
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|name = Riley
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|full Name = Celeste Riley
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=133723
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = no
 
|party = Democratic
 
|party = Democratic
 
|total raised = 157036
 
|total raised = 157036
|total votes = 23960
 
 
|org1 = Sweeney Burzichelli & Riley Bracket
 
|org1 = Sweeney Burzichelli & Riley Bracket
 
|org2 = Federici & Akin
 
|org2 = Federici & Akin
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|org4 = Remington & Vernick Engineers
 
|org4 = Remington & Vernick Engineers
 
|org5 = Timothy, Mcbrearty J
 
|org5 = Timothy, Mcbrearty J
|orgdonor1 = 24,600
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|orgamount1 = 24,600
|orgdonor2 = 2,600
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|orgamount2 = 2,600
|orgdonor3 = 2,500
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|orgamount3 = 2,500
|orgdonor4 = 2,500
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|orgamount4 = 2,500
|orgdonor5 = 2,000
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|orgamount5 = 2,000
 
|}}
 
|}}
  
 
===2009===
 
===2009===
Below are Riley's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113327 Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign contributions]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable"
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|name = Riley
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|full Name = Celeste Riley
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|office= New Jersey General Assembly
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|new = yes
|Sweeney Wallace & DiMarco for Freeholder
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|party = Democratic
|$8,200
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|total raised = 79048
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|org1 = Sweeney Wallace & Dimarco for Freeholder
|[[New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters]]
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|org2 = New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters
|$8,200
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|org3 = Electrical Workers Local 351
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|org4 = New Jersey Education Association
|[[Electrical Workers Local 351]]
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|org5 = Remington & Vernick Engineers
|$8,200
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|orgamount1 = 8,200
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|orgamount2 = 8,200
|New Jersey Education Assoc
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|orgamount3 = 8,200
|$4,500
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|orgamount4 = 4,500
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|orgamount5 = 2,600
|Remington & Vernick Engineers
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|}}
|$2,600
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|-
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|}
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==Recent news==
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==Endorsements==
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===2013===
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "'''Celeste + Riley + New Jersey + Assembly'''"
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In 2013, Riley’s endorsements included the following:<ref>[http://www.politickernj.com/66374/afl-cio-endorses-candidates-elections ''PolitickerNJ.com'', "AFL-CIO endorses candidates for elections," accessed September 4, 2013]</ref>
:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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<ref>[http://ppactionnj.org/planned-parenthood-action-fund-of-new-jersey-announces-endorsements-in-state-elections/ ''Planned Parenthood NJ'' "Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey Announces Endorsements in State Elections," accessed September 5, 2013]</ref>
<rss>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Celeste+Riley+New Jersey+Assembly&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=Celeste Riley News Feed</rss>
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:* The New Jersey AFL-CIO
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:* Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey
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==Personal==
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Riley and her husband, Richard Dawson, have two children and three step-children.
  
 
==Additional reading==
 
==Additional reading==
 
*[http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/11/1104/0119/ ''NJSpotlight,'' "Candidates: Legislative District 3," November 4, 2011]
 
*[http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/11/1104/0119/ ''NJSpotlight,'' "Candidates: Legislative District 3," November 4, 2011]
 
*[http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/11/1016/2247/ ''NJSpotlight,'' "Legislative District 3," October 17, 2011]
 
*[http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/11/1016/2247/ ''NJSpotlight,'' "Legislative District 3," October 17, 2011]
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==Recent news==
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{{submit a bio}}
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This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "'''Celeste + Riley + New Jersey + Assembly'''"
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:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
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{{RSS|feed=http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Celeste+Riley+New+Jersey+Assembly&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=Celeste Riley News Feed}}
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==See also==
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*[[New Jersey General Assembly]]
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*[[New Jersey General Assembly#Standing committees|General Assembly Committees]]
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*[[New Jersey State Legislature]]
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*[[New Jersey State Legislature#Joint Legislative Committees|Joint Committees]]
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*[[New Jersey state legislative districts]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
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*[http://www.district3dems.com/ Riley/Burzichelli official 2011 campaign website]
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*[http://www.district3dems.com/ Riley/Burzichelli Official 2011 campaign website]
*[http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=312 New Jersey General Assembly - Hon. Celeste Riley]  
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*[http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=312 Profile from the New Jersey General Assembly]
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*[http://openstates.org/nj/legislators/NJL000009/celeste-m-riley/ Profile from Open States]  
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=111003 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=111003 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=111003 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=111003 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://www.assemblydems.com/memberindex.asp?RosterKey=312 NJ Assembly Democrats - Assemblywoman Riley]
 
*[http://www.assemblydems.com/memberindex.asp?RosterKey=312 NJ Assembly Democrats - Assemblywoman Riley]
 
*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=133723 2011], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113327 2009]
 
*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=133723 2011], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113327 2009]
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*[http://nj.gov/state/elections/2013-results/2013-official-primary-results-general-assembly.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State'', Official Primary Results]
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* [http://nj.gov/state/elections/2013-results/2013-unofficial-general-candidates-general-assembly-0715.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State'', Unofficial general election candidates]
  
 
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Celeste Riley
CRiley.jpg
New Jersey General Assembly District 3
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
AppointedMarch 7, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sLaSalle University
Master'sDrexel University
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 4, 1960
Place of birthCumberland County, NJ
ProfessionTeacher, Morris Goodwin Elementary School
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Celeste M. Riley (b. February 4, 1960) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 3. She was first appointed to the chamber on March 7, 2009.

Riley served as a member of the Bridgeton City Council from 2006-2009.

Biography

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.[1]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

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

2010-2012

In the 2010-2012 legislative session, Riley served on the following committees:

Issues

  • 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.[2]

Campaign themes

2013

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."

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

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.[3][4][5][6]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 3 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Burzichelli Incumbent 28% 31,049
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCeleste Riley Incumbent 26.9% 29,870
     Republican Larry Wallace 22.6% 25,094
     Republican Bob Vanderslice 22.4% 24,823
Total Votes 110,836

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

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.[7]

New Jersey General Assembly District 3 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Burzichelli Incumbent 28% 25,172
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCeleste Riley Incumbent 26.6% 23,960
     Republican Domenick DiCicco 22.5% 20,268
     Republican Bob Villare 22.8% 20,528
Total Votes 89,928

Redistricting

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.[8]

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Running for re-election in the 2009 general election, Riley defeated challengers Lee Lucas and Robert Villare. She was bracketed with John Burzichelli.[9] [10]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Third Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John J. Burzichelli (D) 35,423
Green check mark transparent.png Celeste M. Riley (D) 31,888
Robert Villare (R) 30,526
Lee Lucas (R) 27,316

Campaign donors

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.[11]

Celeste Riley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 3 Won $157,036
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 3 Won $79,048
Grand Total Raised $236,084

2011

Riley won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Riley raised a total of $157,036.

2009

Riley won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Riley raised a total of $79,048.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Riley’s endorsements included the following:[12] [13]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey

Personal

Riley and her husband, Richard Dawson, have two children and three step-children.

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