|New Jersey General Assembly District 3|
|2009 - Present|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 3, 2009|
|Next general||November 8, 2011|
|Appointed||March 7, 2009|
|Place of birth||Cumberland County, NJ|
|Profession||Teacher, Morris Goodwin Elementary School|
- Agriculture and Natural Resources (Vice-Chair)
- Health and Senior Services
- Housing and Local Government
Riley is running for re-election in 2011. She and incumbent John Burzichelli ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7 . Domenick DiCicco and Bob Villare ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
NJ Spotlight has identified the 3rd District as a potential place for the GOP to pickup a seat in the Assembly. Following 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. 
|New Jersey Assembly General Election, Third Legislative District (2009)|
|John J. Burzichelli (D)||35,423|
|Celeste M. Riley (D)||31,888|
|Robert Villare (R)||30,526|
|Lee Lucas (R)||27,316|
District 3 ranks fourth in fundraising
As of October 25, candidates for District 3 have raised $2,331,779 --according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This makes District 3 number four in fundraising for the 2011 election season. Candidates for the district have spent $1,753,254 of their campaign funds.
Below are Riley's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:
|Sweeney Wallace & DiMarco for Freeholder||$8,200|
|New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters||$8,200|
|Electrical Workers Local 351||$8,200|
|New Jersey Education Assoc||$4,500|
|Remington & Vernick Engineers||$2,600|
- 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. 
On their shared campaign website, Riley and 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."
- NJSpotlight, "Candidates: Legislative District 3," November 4, 2011
- NJSpotlight, "Legislative District 3," October 17, 2011
- Riley/Burzichelli official 2011 campaign website
- New Jersey General Assembly - Hon. Celeste Riley
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- NJ Assembly Democrats - Assemblywoman Riley
- Campaign contributions: 2011, 2009
- Project Vote Smart - Assemblywoman Riley
- New Jersey Department of State, 2011 Official General Assembly Primary Candidate List
- NJ Spotlight, "Election 2011: Where the Republicans Can Pick Up Assembly Seats," April 12, 2011
- Star Ledger 2009 Election Results, November 4, 2009
- Official New Jersey Assembly General Election Results
- New Jersey ELEC, "News Release," November 3, 2011
- Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign contributions
- New Jersey Legislature - Bills by Sponsor
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